The new Politics of Welfare, by Bill Jordan

This topical textbook provides a critical introduction to the current debates and politics surrounding welfare reform in the United Kingdom and the United States. By explaining the origins and main tenets of the new Blair-Clinton orthodoxy and comparing policy in Western Europe with the dilemmas facing the governments of Central and Eastern Europe, it is the first text to place the reform process in the context of the post-war state’s development, and the present global political and economic situation.
The book accessibly links the new politics of welfare to liberal and communitarian theories of citizenship and social justice, and assess the broader prospects for European policy in the struggle over economic and political integration. (Sage Publications, October 1998, 256pp, cloth £45.00, paperback £14.99.)