Transformation of the Welfare State: The Silent Surrender of Public Responsibility

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Oxford University Press, 2004 - 208 pages
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How much has really changed in the world of welfare? A great deal, according to Neil Gilbert, one of our most deeply engaged and thoughtful analysts of social welfare policy. In this panoramic inquiry, Gilbert spans the globe to assess, in provocative yet dispassionate fashion, what welfare looks like in a free market world. From Sweden to the U.S., Gilbert finds a fundamental transformation in the welfare state--a turn away from broad-based entitlements and automatic benefits to a new, "enabling" approach defined by policies designed to promote privatization and labor force participation. He provides tangible evidence of how these new systems promote work and responsibility over protection and how they thicken the glue of civil society by diluting the pervasive role of government.
  

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Introduction
3
Currents of Change
7
New Course or Marginal Adjustment?
9
Toward the Enabling State
32
Lines of Convergence
59
Protection to Inclusion Promoting Work
61
State to Market Subsidizing Private Activity
99
Universal to Selective Targeting Benefits
135
Citizenship to Membership Restoring Solidarity?
157
Social Implications
177
The Triumph of Capitalismand Its Discontents
179
Index
197
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Neil Gilbert is Chernin Professor of Social Welfare and Social Service at the University of California, Berkeley. His publications include: The Enabling State: Modern Welfare Capitalism in America and, most recently, Welfare Justice: Restoring Social Equity.

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