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The making of a welfare class? : Benefit receipt in Britain - Robert Walker

The making of a welfare class?

Benefit receipt in Britain

Paperback Published: 27th September 2000
ISBN: 9781861342355
Number Of Pages: 368

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Over the last three decades Britain has witnessed an unprecedented rise in the number of people receiving welfare benefits that has provoked fears of a growing underclass and mass welfare dependency.The making of a welfare class? provides the first comprehensive analysis of the reasons for this growth and subjects notions of welfare dependency and the underclass to empirical test. It focuses on four principal groups of benefit recipients - children and families, retirement pensioners, disabled people, and unemployed people - and, using important new evidence, explores the relative importance of economic, demographic, institutional and normative factors in the pattern of growth.The book addresses a phenomenon - growth in benefit recipiency - which is common to all advanced industrial countries and nowhere well understood. As a central focus of government policy and a key development in modern society, the issues explored in the book will therefore be of interest to academics and policy commentators alike.Written in an accessible style and assuming no prior knowledge, with succinct chapters, elegant summaries and extensive use of graphics, complex arguments appear simple. A comprehensive glossary of technical terms is included. As a result, The making of a welfare class? is compulsory reading for undergraduates and postgraduate students of sociology, social policy and economics and anyone else interested in the development of modern British society and welfare policy.

Industry Reviews

"An important and timely contribution". Journal of Social Policy "Written in an accessible style the book assumes little prior knowledge, gives a detailed comprehensive glossary of technical terms and makes good use of graphs". SCOLAG Legal Journal "...a highly accessible source of infromation about a relatively complex area of social policy, and as such it will appeal not only to the academic audience for which it was intended, but also to welfare rights practitioners and other professionals with an interest in this area." Youth and Policy

List of tables and figures
List of acronyms
Setting the scenep. 1
Benefits for unemployed peoplep. 45
Benefits for disabled peoplep. 107
Benefits for children and familiesp. 187
Benefits for retirementp. 243
Towards a welfare class?p. 291
References and further readingp. 309
Indexp. 341
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ISBN: 9781861342355
ISBN-10: 1861342357
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 27th September 2000
Publisher: Policy Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.59