Transformation of the Welfare State: The Silent Surrender of Public Responsibility
Oxford University Press, 2004 - 208 pages
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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Currents of Change
New Course or Marginal Adjustment?
Toward the Enabling State
Lines of Convergence
Protection to Inclusion Promoting Work
State to Market Subsidizing Private Activity
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