Social Policy and Administration, vol.38, 2004, p.139-155
During the 1990s Swedish welfare service delivery was opened up to private providers. As a result private provision grew in healthcare, primary education and social care. This produced a socially segregating dynamic, triggered by the introduction of "consumer choice". The gradual privatization of social welfare services is undermining the previous ideal of a "people's home" where uniform, high quality services are provided by the state to all citizens regardless of income, social background or cultural orientation.
H. J. Karger, J. Midgley and C.Brene Brown
Arlington: Pearson Education, 2004
This book offers a collection of contemporary social policy debates which highlight the importance of critical and independent thought in the educational process. The 18 debate topics cover a wide range of professional interests and are divided into four parts:
Social Policy and Administration, vol.38, 2004, p.156-169
Article explores the question of whether or not Denmark is still a universal welfare state through case studies of pensions, unemployment benefit and early retirement benefit. Concludes that, although welfare provision in Denmark today is more mixed than it used to be, it retains its focus on equality, full employment, high spending on social security and active labour market policies.
M.J. Bane and L.M .Mead
Washington: Brookings Institute, 2004
People who participate in debate about the causes and cures of poverty often speak from religious conviction. But those convictions are rarely made explicit or debated on their own terms. Rarely is the influence of personal religious commitment on policy decisions examined. Both authors bring their faith traditions, policy experience and political commitments together in this discussion of poverty. Drawing from various Christian traditions, both emphasize social justice, showing how inculcating Christian virtues and encouraging personal responsibility can help to combat poverty.
Politics and Society, vol.32, 2004, p.107-118
Argues that a generous welfare state in incompatible with payment of a universal basic income to all citizens. The combination of the two would push up taxation to intolerable levels.
N. Gilbert and A. Parent
London: Transaction Publishers, 2004
This volume provides an analysis of the development and structure of modern welfare programmes in France and the United States of America. The book concentrates on two recent welfare reform programmes:
Contributors examine the relations between poverty and work, how the U.S. and French models have been transformed in recent years, the relative impact of economic growth and policy reforms on rates of welfare participation and what happens to recipients who leave the welfare rolls. The evidence in this volume suggests that while the details may vary, welfare reforms in France and the United States have more in common than is often acknowledged.