The State or the Market

The State or the Market : Politics and Welfare in Contemporary Britain

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This collection deals with the central questions which have emerged from the break-up of the postwar political consensus around the welfare state. A series of distinguished contributors, including exponents of alternative positions on welfare from the right, left and centre, examine key issues in the disputes over the relationship between the state and welfare.

Individual chapters both explore the different political and theoretical issues in the debate, and concentrate on their application in key areas of social policy. Particular attention is given to the role of social work, and public policy and the family. The final section of the book examines the political sources of the current crisis of social policy, and the prospects for a resolution of the crisis of the welfare state.

The State or the Market is a set book on the Open University Course D211, Social Problems and Social Welfare.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 25.4mm | 480g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0803986416
  • 9780803986411

Table of contents

Social Problems - Tom Hulley and John Clarke
Social Construction and Social Causation
The Undeserving Poor - John Ditch
Unemployed People, Then and Now
The Social Construction of Dependency in Old Age - Alan Walker
The Future of Social Work - Joan Cooper
A Pragmatic View
The Future of Social Work - Patrick Minford
A View From the New Right
Hazardous Lives - Social Work in the 1980s - Ann Davis
A View From the Left
Child Sexual Abuse - Mary Macleod and Esther Saraga
Challenging the Orthodoxy
The Unnatural Family - Felicity Edholm
Securing the Family? - Carol Smart
Rhetoric and Policy in the Field of Social Security
Family Matters and Public Policy - Malcolm Wicks
The Asian Mother and Baby Campaign - Yvette Rocheron
The Construction of Ethnic Minorities' Health Needs
The Break-Up of Consensus - Nevil Johnson
Competitive Politics in a Declining Economy
Understanding the Market - Norman Barry
Towards the Remoralization of Society - Stephen Davies
The Weakening of Social Democracy - Andrew Gamble
The New Municipal Socialism - Geoff Green
Living on Welfare - Jeremy Seabrook
The Welfare State as Part of a Racially Structured and Patriarchal Capitalism - Fiona Williams
The Contribution of Social Science - Jennifer Platt
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Review quote

`has some very interesting and useful chapters which we shall all use in teaching' - Journal of Social Policy

Some reviews of the first edition:

`the essays... provide fresh and interesting insights into the policy debate that has taken place since 1979...' - Political Studies

`the title of this edited volume is instantly attractive: `the state or the market' conveys the essence of much of current debates amongst both intellectuals and party activists in British politics. It is likely therefore to attract a considerable audience, perhaps wider than would normally be anticipated for an Open University set book.... John Ditch's account of the development of the deserving/undeserving poor distinction is impressive as is Alan Walker's analysis of the social status of old age.... Sophie Watson's analysis of the gender assumptions informing housing policies is particularly strong....The book finishes with an excellent account of local socialism by Geoff Green, a life history analysis of welfare dependency by Jeremy Seabrook with his characteristic depth and insight, and an overview of the status of social science analysis by Jennifer Platt.... The State or the Market is a well balanced book: essayists from the Right and the Left offer analyses from their different perspectives.' - Sociology

`provides a neat review of current debates' - Critical Social Policy
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