Putting a positive gloss on welfare state de-structuring? : recent British experience /Series: Social policy working paperPublisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence and Centre for Public Policy, University of Melbourne 2004Description: 14 pISBN: 9781876250591; 1876250593Other title: Social policy working paper ; no. 2Subject(s): Social Policy Great Britain | Great Britain Social Policy - History | Privatisation | Social Welfare Cross-cultural Studies | Human Capital | Disadvantaged Groups | The Third Way | Social Exclusion | Social Investment | Social Capital | University Of Melbourne. Centre For Public Policy (cpp)Online Resources: Electronic copy
Includes bibliographical references (p. 13-14) September 2004 This paper is developed from a presentation at a symposium `From welfare state to social investment state?' hosted by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, University of Melbourne Centre for Public Policy and Victorian Council of Social Services in Melbourne on 5 July 2004.
Catherine Finer traces social policy developments in Britain since the post World War 2 emergence of the welfare state, paying particular attention to the way such developments have been presented by politicians, academics and the media. She argues that in spite of the rhetoric of the ‘Thatcher revolution’ and the ‘Third Way’ and social investment, the reality has involved far less transformation of policy and of the socio-political landscape than proponents of the successive policies claimed.