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Social rights in the welfare state: origins and transformations

posted on 2023-06-09, 01:36 authored by Toomas Kotkas, Kenneth VeitchKenneth Veitch
At a time when the future of the welfare state is the object of heated debate in many European countries, this edited collection explores the relationship between this institution and social rights. Structured around the themes of the politics of social rights; the relationship between social rights and questions of equality and social exclusion/inclusion; and the increasing impact of market imperatives on social rights, the essays explore the effect of transformations in the welfare state upon social rights and their underlying rationalities and logics. Written by a group of international scholars, many of the essays discuss a number of urgent and topical issues within social policy, including: the social rights of asylum seekers; the increasing marketisation and consumerisation of public welfare services; the care of the elderly; and the obligation to work as a condition of access to welfare benefits. International in its scope, and interdisciplinary in its approach, this collection of essays will appeal to scholars and students working in the fields of law and socio-legal studies, sociology, social policy, and politics. It will also be of interest to policy makers and all those engaged in the debate over the future of the welfare state and social rights.


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Abingdon, UK



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his is an edited book edited by Toomas Kotkas, Kenneth Veitch

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