Welfare Rights and Social Policy

Welfare Rights and Social Policy

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 157.5 x 231.1 x 17.8mm | 362.88g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Prentice-Hall
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0130404624
  • 9780130404626
  • 1,997,449

Table of contents

List of IllustrationsAcknowledgementsIntroductionPART I - WELFARE RIGHTS IN THEORY1. The Social Rights of CitizenshipThe Amelioration of ClassThe Origins of RightsSocial Rights and 'Privatisation'Summary/Conclusion2. Poverty and NeedDefining PovertyDefining NeedRights and EqualityCitizenship and WelfareSummary/Conclusion3. Welfare Rights in Global PerspectiveSocial Rights and Social DevelopmentWelfare State CapitalismThe Globalisation of Social PolicyGlobal Citizenship and Human RightsSummary/Conclusion4. Critiques of Welfare RightsThe Neo-Liberal ChallengeThe Neo-Marxist ChallengeThe Challenges of 'Post-Modernity'Summary/ConclusionPART II - WELFARE RIGHTS IN PRACTICE5. Rights to SubsistenceA Hybrid SystemThe Traditional Means-TestEnforcing Family ResponsibilitiesSecurity in Old AgeThe Rights of Disabled People and CarersSummary/Conclusion6. Rights to WorkEmployment ProtectionThe Working-Age Benefits Regime'In Work' BenefitsIncapacitySummary/Conclusion7. Rights to ShelterPaying for HousingProtection Against Exploitation and EvictionHousing ConditionsHomelessness and the Rationing of Social-Sector HousingSummary/Conclusion8. Rights in Education, Health and Social CareEducationHealthSocial CareSummary/Conclusion9. Rights of RedressThe Juridification of WelfareAccess to Legal ExpertiseThe Role of the CourtsAdministrative RedressSummary/ConclusionPART III - RETHINKING WELFARE RIGHTS10. Discourses of Citizenship, Rights and ResponsibilityTraditions of CitizenshipInterpreting RightsRights and ResponsibilitySummary/Conclusion11. Welfare Reform or Social Resistance?Welfare ReformismSocial ResistanceThe Autonomous Subject and the Ethical StateSummary/ConclusionReferencesIndexshow more