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 agenda the author asks 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.
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PART I - WELFARE RIGHTS IN THEORY
1. The Social Rights of Citizenship
The Amelioration of Class
The Origins of Rights
Social Rights and 'Privatisation'
2. Poverty and Need
Rights and Equality
Citizenship and Welfare
3. Welfare Rights in Global Perspective
Social Rights and Social Development
Welfare State Capitalism
The Globalisation of Social Policy
Global Citizenship and Human Rights
4. Critiques of Welfare Rights
The Neo-Liberal Challenge
The Neo-Marxist Challenge
The Challenges of 'Post-Modernity'
PART II - WELFARE RIGHTS IN PRACTICE
5. Rights to Subsistence
A Hybrid System
The Traditional Means-Test
Enforcing Family Responsibilities
Security in Old Age
The Rights of Disabled People and Carers
6. Rights to Work
The Working-Age Benefits Regime
'In Work' Benefits
7. Rights to Shelter
Paying for Housing
Protection Against Exploitation and Eviction
Homelessness and the Rationing of Social-Sector Housing
8. Rights in Education, Health and Social Care
9. Rights of Redress
The Juridification of Welfare
Access to Legal Expertise
The Role of the Courts
PART III - RETHINKING WELFARE RIGHTS
10. Discourses of Citizenship, Rights and Responsibility
Traditions of Citizenship
Rights and Responsibility
11. Welfare Reform or Social Resistance?
The Autonomous Subject and the Ethical State
This is a book that connects theory and practice.
- Part I focuses on conceptual debates about citizenship; poverty and need; the global context for welfare rights; and critiques of their consequences.
- Part II addresses the practical realities of rights to subsistence, work, shelter and, more briefly, to education, health and social care, including rights of redress.
- Part III explores the different ways in which welfare rights are ideologically constructed and the bearers of such rights are socially constituted. It argues for an ethical notion of responsibility that recognises the nature of human inter-dependency, and for rights that regulate society in response to human needs.