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Welfare Rights and Social Policy

1st Edition

By Hartley Dean

Routledge

272 pages

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Welfare Rights and Social Policy provides an introduction to social policy through a discussion of welfare rights, which are explored in historical, comparative and critical context.

At a time when the cause of human rights is high on the global political agendathe authorasks why the status of welfare rights as an element of human rights remains ambiguous. Rights to social security, employment, housing, education, health and social care are critical to human well-being. Yet they are invariably subordinate to the civil and political rights of citizenship, they are often fragile and difficult to enforce, and because of their conditional nature they may be implicated in the social control of individual behaviour.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgements

Introduction

PART I - WELFARE RIGHTS IN THEORY

1. The Social Rights of Citizenship

The Amelioration of Class

The Origins of Rights

Social Rights and 'Privatisation'

Summary/Conclusion

2. Poverty and Need

Defining Poverty

Defining Need

Rights and Equality

Citizenship and Welfare

Summary/Conclusion

3. Welfare Rights in Global Perspective

Social Rights and Social Development

Welfare State Capitalism

The Globalisation of Social Policy

Global Citizenship and Human Rights

Summary/Conclusion

4. Critiques of Welfare Rights

The Neo-Liberal Challenge

The Neo-Marxist Challenge

The Challenges of 'Post-Modernity'

Summary/Conclusion

PART II - WELFARE RIGHTS IN PRACTICE

5. Rights to Subsistence

A Hybrid System

The Traditional Means-Test

Enforcing Family Responsibilities

Security in Old Age

The Rights of Disabled People and Carers

Summary/Conclusion

6. Rights to Work

Employment Protection

The Working-Age Benefits Regime

'In Work' Benefits

Incapacity

Summary/Conclusion

7. Rights to Shelter

Paying for Housing

Protection Against Exploitation and Eviction

Housing Conditions

Homelessness and the Rationing of Social-Sector Housing

Summary/Conclusion

8. Rights in Education, Health and Social Care

Education

Health

Social Care

Summary/Conclusion

9. Rights of Redress

The Juridification of Welfare

Access to Legal Expertise

The Role of the Courts

Administrative Redress

Summary/Conclusion

PART III - RETHINKING WELFARE RIGHTS

10. Discourses of Citizenship, Rights and Responsibility

Traditions of Citizenship

Interpreting Rights

Rights and Responsibility

Summary/Conclusion

11. Welfare Reform or Social Resistance?

Welfare Reformism

Social Resistance

The Autonomous Subject and the Ethical State

Summary/Conclusion

References

Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MED035000
MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery
SOC024000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Research