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Good-enough principles for welfare

Williams, F. (1999) Good-enough principles for welfare. Journal of Social Policy, 28 (4). pp. 667-687. ISSN 1469-7823

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Abstract

The aim of this article is to widen the grounds of the debate on the relationship between values, social change and welfare reform. In the public debate on welfare reform and the Third Way the significance of the welfare politics and campaigns of civil society in challenging the old welfare order has received little acknowledgement. The article argues that these politics and campaigns have, along with both the New Right and New Labour, attempted to construct a new vision of an ‘active welfare subject’. In the process they have also expanded the moral repertoire for understanding people's engagement with welfare beyond the self-interest/altruism dichotomy. The article uses this new repertoire to propose seven key principles for a reordering of the social relations of welfare.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1999. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (Leeds) > School of Sociology and Social Policy (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2006
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 08:36
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0047279499005760
Status: Published
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1017/S0047279499005760
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1567

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