Social versus Corporate Welfare: Competing Needs and Interests within the Welfare State

Hardcover | April 24, 2012

byKevin Farnsworth

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The greatest myth of modern times is the suggestion that capitalism and corporations do better with less government. The global economic crisis has certainly put paid to this idea. But the massive emergency state bailouts and interventions put in place from 2008 were unique only in their size and scale. Government programmes, designed to meet the needs of business, are not just everyday, they are everywhere and they are essential. Just as social welfare protects citizens from the cradle to the grave, corporate welfare protects and benefits corporations throughout their life course. And yet, in most countries, corporate welfare is hidden and underresearched. Drawing on comparative data from OECD states, this book seeks to shed light on the size, uses and importance of corporate welfareacross variouswelfare regimes.

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The greatest myth of modern times is the suggestion that capitalism and corporations do better with less government. The global economic crisis has certainly put paid to this idea. But the massive emergency state bailouts and interventions put in place from 2008 were unique only in their size and scale. Government programmes, designed ...

KEVIN FARNSWORTHLecturer in Social Policy at the University of Sheffield, UK.He has previously written on corporate power and influence, business and public policy, class struggle and social policies and occupational welfare. His two previous books are Corporate Power and Social Policy and Social Policy in Challenging Times (with Zoe ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.56 × 5.81 × 0.88 inPublished:April 24, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230274536

ISBN - 13:9780230274532

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Preface and Acknowledgements
Corporate Welfare Versus Social Welfare: Competing Needs and Interests within the Welfare State
The Political Economy of Social-Corporate Welfare: Competing Interests and Competing Needs within Various Capitalisms
Globalisation, Competing Interests and Governance
Varieties of Support within Various Capitalisms
Corporate welfare programmes
Welfare and the Global Economic Crisis
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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'A very timely and highly provocative analysis of the corporate welfare state. It will shift the way that people think about the relationship between the state, social welfare and corporations. This is a badly needed original contribution to debates about policy options in a world racked by financial crisis.' - Robert O'Brien, Director, Institute of Globalization and the Human Condition, McMaster University, Canada