From the politics and policy of the cuts to an outline of an oppositional strategy

Walker, Alan and Walker, Carol (2011) From the politics and policy of the cuts to an outline of an oppositional strategy. In defence of welfare: the impacts of the spending review . ISSN UNSPECIFIED

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There have been reductions in public expenditure previously, for example under the Labour Governments of the 1970s and the Conservative ones of the 1980s, which were also accompanied by colourful anti-state rhetoric. However, they pale in comparison with the present Con-Dem Coalition Government's proposals contained in the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR). These cuts, if achieved, presage the largest sustained and deepest retranchment in pubic spending since the 1920s. Their scale and potential negative impact demands a concerted response from the social policy communit, one which extends beyond scientific analysis to open campaigning. This will not be to everryone's taste, after all social policy is a very broad, hybrid, multidisciplinary mix but, at the very least, there should be an informed national debate about our response to the present unprecedented attacks on the welfare state. Here we set out some ideas about the key points on which this debate might be focused and outline a possibe oppositional strategy for social policy.

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Additional Information:There have been reductions in public expenditure previously, for example under the Labour Governments of the 1970s and the Conservative ones of the 1980s, which were also accompanied by colourful anti-state rhetoric. However, they pale in comparison with the present Con-Dem Coalition Government's proposals contained in the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR). These cuts, if achieved, presage the largest sustained and deepest retranchment in pubic spending since the 1920s. Their scale and potential negative impact demands a concerted response from the social policy communit, one which extends beyond scientific analysis to open campaigning. This will not be to everryone's taste, after all social policy is a very broad, hybrid, multidisciplinary mix but, at the very least, there should be an informed national debate about our response to the present unprecedented attacks on the welfare state. Here we set out some ideas about the key points on which this debate might be focused and outline a possibe oppositional strategy for social policy.
Keywords:public expenditure, comprehensive spending review, Social Policy
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:4847
Deposited By: Alison Wilson
Deposited On:12 Jan 2012 20:59
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 09:04

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