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Neo-Liberal IdeologyHistory, Concepts and Policies$
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Rachel S. Turner

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748632688

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632688.001.0001

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Welfare: The legitimacy of state provision

Welfare: The legitimacy of state provision

(p.140) Chapter 6 Welfare: The legitimacy of state provision
Neo-Liberal Ideology

Rachel S. Turner

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on the concept of welfare in neo-liberal ideology, outlining the differences and similarities between the welfare measures pursued in Germany, Britain, and the United States in the post-war years. It then looks in depth at neo-liberalism's reaction to these forms of welfarism, and relates this reaction back to neo-liberalism's understanding of other liberal concepts such as freedom, individual rights, and justice. The chapter then examines neo-liberal policy regimes in relation to welfare in Germany, Britain, and the United States. Its main point is that neo-liberalism holds distinct conceptions of welfare – de-politicised conceptions – which form an integral part of its anti-collectivist value system.

Keywords:   welfare measures, Germany, Britain, United States, welfarism, neo-liberal policy, anti-collectivist

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