Handbook on Society and Social Policy
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Handbook on Society and Social Policy

Edited by Nicholas Ellison and Tina Haux

This comprehensive Handbook provides a unique overview of the key issues and challenges facing society and social policy in the twenty-first century, discussing how welfare is conceptualised, organised and delivered in contemporary global society. Chapters engage with specific areas of social policy as well as with the social divisions and institutional infrastructures that underpin them. The Handbook also considers how social policy should respond to the challenges posed by austerity, human migration and the climate crisis.
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Chapter 15: Liberal welfare systems

Christopher Deeming

Abstract

This chapter holds up the Liberal Welfare System(s) to critical scrutiny where there are strong preferences for market solutions to (social) welfare problems. It begins with a general overview of how liberal thought has conceptualized the (welfare) state and considers the developmental trajectory of welfare systems in social reform in diverse ‘liberal’ welfare states, covering the UK, the USA, Australia and New Zealand. The chapter then focuses on the extent to which the English-speaking world of welfare capitalism is still meaningfully ‘liberal’ and coherent today.

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