Housing policy

Somerville, Peter and Cooper, C. (2000) Housing policy. In: Modernising social welfare: unravelling New Labour's welfare reforms. Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot, pp. 162-208. ISBN 1840143878

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Abstract

The 1997 election marked the prospect for a new era in social welfare - the possibility of establishing a third phase in the postwar history of the welfare state (the first being the creation of the Keynesian welfare state, the second being the Thatcher/Major neo-liberal reforms). The key aim of this book is to critically explore the options for the future of welfare under 'New Labour'. The welfare state that the new Labour government has inherited from the Conservatives is widely believed to be in a critical condition. At the same time, there is evidence of widening social inequality in Britain which existing social policy measures fail to address. Whilst acknowledging that future welfare strategies are likely to operate within a market paradigm, the key argument of this book is that welfare providers should operate within a more accountable and democratic environment where service-users have the right to participate in decision-making processes affecting their welfare - regardless of the ability to pay. The book will conclude that the dominant discourse shaping social policy in Britain must be recognized and should not be accepted uncritically and that there are very real economic (as well as social) benefits from taking measures to address social disadvantage.

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Additional Information:The 1997 election marked the prospect for a new era in social welfare - the possibility of establishing a third phase in the postwar history of the welfare state (the first being the creation of the Keynesian welfare state, the second being the Thatcher/Major neo-liberal reforms). The key aim of this book is to critically explore the options for the future of welfare under 'New Labour'. The welfare state that the new Labour government has inherited from the Conservatives is widely believed to be in a critical condition. At the same time, there is evidence of widening social inequality in Britain which existing social policy measures fail to address. Whilst acknowledging that future welfare strategies are likely to operate within a market paradigm, the key argument of this book is that welfare providers should operate within a more accountable and democratic environment where service-users have the right to participate in decision-making processes affecting their welfare - regardless of the ability to pay. The book will conclude that the dominant discourse shaping social policy in Britain must be recognized and should not be accepted uncritically and that there are very real economic (as well as social) benefits from taking measures to address social disadvantage.
Keywords:New Labour, Welfare Reform, Social Policy, Social disadvantage
Subjects:L Social studies > L410 UK Social Policy
L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:3158
Deposited By: Alison Wilson
Deposited On:03 Aug 2010 17:35
Last Modified:18 Jul 2011 16:30

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