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The State or the Market
Politics and Welfare in Contemporary Britain

Second Edition
Edited by:


October 1991 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This collection deals with the central questions which have emerged from the break-up of the postwar political consensus around the welfare state. A series of distinguished contributors, including exponents of alternative positions on welfare from the right, left and centre, examine key issues in the disputes over the relationship between the state and welfare.

Individual chapters both explore the different political and theoretical issues in the debate, and concentrate on their application in key areas of social policy. Particular attention is given to the role of social work, and public policy and the family. The final section of the book examines the political sources of the current crisis of social policy, and the prospects for a resolution of the crisis of the welfare state.

The State or the Market is a set book on the Open University Course D211, Social Problems and Social Welfare.

 
PART ONE: PRIVATE GRIEFS AND PUBLIC SORROWS
Tom Hulley and John Clarke
Social Problems
Social Construction and Social Causation

 
John Ditch
The Undeserving Poor
Unemployed People, Then and Now

 
Alan Walker
The Social Construction of Dependency in Old Age
Joan Cooper
The Future of Social Work
A Pragmatic View

 
Patrick Minford
The Future of Social Work
A View From the New Right

 
Ann Davis
Hazardous Lives - Social Work in the 1980s
A View From the Left

 
Mary Macleod and Esther Saraga
Child Sexual Abuse
Challenging the Orthodoxy

 
 
PART TWO: PUBLIC POLICY AND THE FAMILY
Felicity Edholm
The Unnatural Family
Carol Smart
Securing the Family?
Rhetoric and Policy in the Field of Social Security

 
Malcolm Wicks
Family Matters and Public Policy
Yvette Rocheron
The Asian Mother and Baby Campaign
The Construction of Ethnic Minorities' Health Needs

 
 
PART THREE: RESTRUCTURING THE WELFARE STATE
Nevil Johnson
The Break-Up of Consensus
Competitive Politics in a Declining Economy

 
Norman Barry
Understanding the Market
Stephen Davies
Towards the Remoralization of Society
Andrew Gamble
The Weakening of Social Democracy
Geoff Green
The New Municipal Socialism
Jeremy Seabrook
Living on Welfare
Fiona Williams
The Welfare State as Part of a Racially Structured and Patriarchal Capitalism
 
PART FOUR: SOCIAL SCIENCE AND SOCIAL PROBLEMS
Jennifer Platt
The Contribution of Social Science

`has some very interesting and useful chapters which we shall all use in teaching' - Journal of Social Policy

Some reviews of the first edition:

`the essays... provide fresh and interesting insights into the policy debate that has taken place since 1979...' - Political Studies

`the title of this edited volume is instantly attractive: `the state or the market' conveys the essence of much of current debates amongst both intellectuals and party activists in British politics. It is likely therefore to attract a considerable audience, perhaps wider than would normally be anticipated for an Open University set book.... John Ditch's account of the development of the deserving/undeserving poor distinction is impressive as is Alan Walker's analysis of the social status of old age.... Sophie Watson's analysis of the gender assumptions informing housing policies is particularly strong....The book finishes with an excellent account of local socialism by Geoff Green, a life history analysis of welfare dependency by Jeremy Seabrook with his characteristic depth and insight, and an overview of the status of social science analysis by Jennifer Platt.... The State or the Market is a well balanced book: essayists from the Right and the Left offer analyses from their different perspectives.' - Sociology

`provides a neat review of current debates' - Critical Social Policy

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