The Welfare State

The Welfare State : Privatization, Deregulation, Commercialization of Public Services - Alternative Strategies for the 1990's

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During the 1980s and 90s the labour movement has been forced into defending the post-war welfare state and local services but has had relatively little to say on their design, context and delivery. The author analyzes the results of deregulation, privatization and commercialization of the public sector and shows that performance has by no means always been improved. The cost in terms of social needs, equality and democracy may have been even higher. "The Welfare State" provides strategies to rebuild public services and is directed towards campaigners, government employees and more

Product details

  • Hardback | 545 pages
  • 139.7 x 220 x 38.1mm | 535g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 074530608X
  • 9780745306087

Table of contents

The need for public service; the case for public services - the role of public services in the economy; transnationals and the demands of capital; restructuring and reorganizing the public sector; working in the public services - restructuring labour; the political economy of privatization and deregulation; the cost of privatization; asset stripping - the case of British Aerospace, Royal Ordnance and Rover Group; myth and reality of post-privatization performance; the impact on services and jobs; privatizing and deregulating the world economy; the ownership illusion; strategies for labour; rebuilding the public sector; controlling production of local services; social audits - accounting for change; countering commercialization of public services; organizing - action and more