Welfare Justice : Restoring Social Equity / Neil Gilbert.
- New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 
1 online resource (216 p.)
- Public welfare administration.
- In English.
- System Details:
- Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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- Over the past several decades the welfare state has become increasingly unfair, says Neil Gilbert in this fresh and provocative book. He analyzes some critical developments: traditional welfare arrangements have failed to accommodate the changing character of family life and gender equality; groups identifying themselves as victims (feminists, gays, disabled people, older people, and others) have increasingly demanded new social rights while ignoring the need to enlarge civic responsibilities; advocates have exaggerated the prevalence of such social ills as rape and child abuse, thus muddying policy deliberations; and a hidden welfare state has evolved that delivers huge subsidies to the middle and upper classes-for health, housing, daycare, and pensions-in the midst of growing resentment against welfare spending for the poor.Gilbert argues that policymakers need to develop programs that balance the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and they need to take a hard look at exactly who benefits from government resources. He calls for a new form of social protection to supersede the welfare state: the "enabling state," where citizens are treated not as passive recipients of public benefits and care but as individuals capable of looking after themselves with occasional assistance from the government. The central challenge of the enabling state will be to create a system of social protection that encourages private responsibility while maintaining an equitable framework of humane public care for those unable to assist themselves.
1. Strengthening Family: Social Security and Gender Equality
2. Empowering Children and Teenage Mothers: The Presumption of Competence
3. Changing the Philosophy of Welfare: From Entitlements to Incentives
4. Miscounting Social Dis: Sexual Assault and Advocacy Research
5. Asking Who Benefits: Hidden Subsidies and Private Delivery
6. Enabling Citizens: Beyond the Welfare State
- Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
- De Gruyter.
- Contained In:
- De Gruyter University Press Library.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.12987/9780300146608 doi
- Access Restriction:
- Restricted for use by site license.
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