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Transformation of the Welfare State : The Silent Surrender of Public Responsibility - Neil Gilbert

Transformation of the Welfare State

The Silent Surrender of Public Responsibility

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Published: 1st October 2004
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How much has really changed in the world of welfare? A great deal, according to Neil Gilbert, one of our most deeply engaged and thoughtful analysts of social welfare policy. In this panoramic inquiry, Gilbert spans the globe to assess, in provocative yet dispassionate fashion, what welfare looks like in a free market world. From Sweden to the U.S., Gilbert finds a fundamental transformation in the welfare state--a turn away from broad-based entitlements and automatic benefits to a new, "enabling" approach defined by policies designed to promote privatization and labor force participation. He provides tangible evidence of how these new systems promote work and responsibility over protection and how they thicken the glue of civil society by diluting the pervasive role of government.

"A stimulating overview of contemporary social policy reform. This accessible, well-written, and concise book is a provocative contribution to debates that often transcend purely academic considerations to address one of the most crucial political issues of our times: the future of economic solidarity and social proctection in advanced industrial societies." --Comparative Politics "[A] worthy contribution to welfare state scholarship.... Transformation of the Welfare State deserves commendation for its fascinating, detailed descriptions of welfare retrenchment..."--Social Forces "This is a book of great interest and profound scholarship from one of the country's leading thinkers on socal welfare issues. It makes a major contribution to the social policy literature and deserves not only to be widely read but widely discussed. Hopefully, it will provoke an extensive debate on how an enabling state can transcend a commitment to promote market solutions to human ills and be worthy of the term's connotation."--Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare "... persuasive....Gilbert says something valuable about a social reality as complicated as the welfare state: that its development, as is true of any human institution, is anything but geological."--The New Republic "A stimulating overview of contemporary social policy reform. This accessible, well-written, and concise book is a provocative contribution to debates that often transcend purely academic considerations to address one of the most crucial political issues of our times: the future of economic solidarity and social proctection in advanced industrial societies." --Comparative Politics "[A] worthy contribution to welfare state scholarship.... Transformation of the Welfare State deserves commendation for its fascinating, detailed descriptions of welfare retrenchment..."--Social Forces "This is a book of great interest and profound scholarship from one of the country's leading thinkers on socal welfare issues. It makes a major contribution to the social policy literature and deserves not only to be widely read but widely discussed. Hopefully, it will provoke an extensive debate on how an enabling state can transcend a commitment to promote market solutions to human ills and be worthy of the term's connotation."--Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare "Neil Gilbert's Transformation of the Welfare State has the following virtues: it is based on a deep study of comparative welfare systems; it distinguishes between actual welfare tendencies and desirable utopian ambitions; it carries forward the long tradition of social decencies in the treatment of basic human needs. In other words, Gilbert's work is down the middle ideologically and straight arrow intellectually."--Irving Louis Horowitz, Hannah Arendt University Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University "Denied by the left, and unappreciated by the right, European social welfare regimes seem to be in the midst of a radical transformation toward more work-oriented benefits. So, too, is the U.S, where attention to "welfare reform" has obscured massive increases in aid to the working poor. Neil Gilbert is well known on both continents as one of the most talented and informed observers of comparative welfare policies. He has given us an insightful--and engaging--description of the causes and extent of this "convergence," and of what the future holds. His balanced assessment will not please the partisans on either side of the political divide, but, for the rest of us, he has opened a door to understanding the new world of welfare in modern society." --Douglas J. Besharov, Joseph J. and Violet Jacobs Scholar in Social Welfare Studies, American Enterprise Institute "This book has a special quality to it, rarely achieved by any other...." --from the foreword by Amitai Etzioni "An age of watersheds is the age for grand syntheses: New politics of the welfare state, three worlds of welfare capitalism, transformation of the welfare state, limits to globalization. Neil Gilbert's "enabling state" contributes superbly to this OECD-wide discussion. Promoting work, subsidizing private activity as well as share-holder claims on private markets, and targeting benefits - this is Gilbert's common Western core of "the new market-oriented social policies."--Stephan Leibfried, Professor of Social Policy, University of Bremen, Germany

Forewordp. xiii
Introductionp. 3
Currents of Change
New Course or Marginal Adjustment?p. 9
Toward the Enabling Statep. 32
Lines of Convergence
Protection to Inclusion: Promoting Workp. 61
State to Market: Subsidizing Private Activityp. 99
Universal to Selective: Targeting Benefitsp. 135
Citizenship to Membership: Restoring Solidarity?p. 157
Social Implications
The Triumph of Capitalism--and Its Discontentsp. 179
Indexp. 197
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ISBN: 9780195176575
ISBN-10: 019517657X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st October 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.36