Transformation of the Welfare State: The Silent Surrender of Public Responsibility

Paperback | August 26, 2004

byNeil GilbertForeword byAmitai Etzioni

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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 welfarelooks 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 forceparticipation. 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.

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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 welfarelooks like in a free market world. From Sweden...

Neil Gilbert is Chernin Professor of Social Welfare and Social Service at the University of California, Berkeley. His publications include: The Enabling State: Modern Welfare Capitalism in America and, most recently, Welfare Justice: Restoring Social Equity.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 5.98 × 9.09 × 0.71 inPublished:August 26, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"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