Cambridge : Polity Press, 1998
Deals with the relationship between the welfare state, social democracy and the structure of advanced capitalism, and reviews major trends in the international development of welfare states down to the early 1970s. Then describes the perceived crisis in the welfare state that has dominated the past 25 years and considers possible future developments.
Journal of Public Policy, vol. 18, 1999, p. 241-263
Paper begins by describing some features of the welfare state characterising Switzerland as a special case. Then discusses the explanatory power of several theories in explaining the peculiarities of the Swiss welfare state. Suggests that the strength of federalism and direct democracy have proved to be stumbling blocks for the expansion of the Swiss welfare state, and have dampened social expenditures.
Independent, July 21st 1999, p. 15
Reports that the German government is proposing to roll back the welfare state, cut bureaucracy and slash subsidies to try to rekindle the country's economy.
European Journal of Social Work, vol. 2, 1999, p. 193-202
Managerialism has involved doing more with less and treating public services as if they were no different from private for-profit corporations. This practice has incurred huge social costs in terms of cutbacks in services, scapegoating of vulnerable people, lowering of staff morale and contribution to stress-related illness. A humanitarian alternative to managerialism is proposed in which relationships are characterised by openness and humour, the workplace culture is free of fear and values are agreed in consultation with users of services. This alternative ideology promotes the treatment of people as citizens not clients or consumers.
International Social Work, vol. 42, 1999, p. 295-307
Argues that it is imperative that empirical evidence is gathered to show that social welfare programmes are efficient, effective and produce benefits for society. The more social welfare can document to positive benefits in terms appreciated by policy-makers, the more likely it is to be protected and encouraged. Paper suggests five benefits of social welfare: human capital, social benefits, societal morale and cohesion, economic benefits, civility and aesthetics.