Why We Need Welfare

Collective Action for the Common Good

Pete Alcock

Why We Need Welfare

Pete Alcock

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

172 pages | 5 x 7 3/4
Paper $26.00 ISBN: 9781447328346 Published August 2016 For sale in North and South America only
What is welfare? Why is it a key part of the common good for all? And how should we go about providing it? In Why We Need Welfare, social policy expert Pete Alcock explains the challenges that collective welfare faces in a world that so often—and so wrongly—equates it with weakness and dependence. Exploring the complexities involved in the where and how of welfare delivery, and touching on debates about who really benefits from it, Alcock reclaims this vital, urgently needed institution.

Drawing examples from around the globe, Alcock offers a fresh perspective on the underlying issues involved in the welfare debate. He looks to problems of poverty and inequality in the United Kingdom; to the role of recent political and economic changes in undermining public investment; as well as to other crucial points of conflict from across Europe and the nations of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development—such as the impact of private health care in the United States. A concise, accessible introduction to the challenges we face and the solutions they demand, Why We Need Welfare is a clarion call for new forms of collective action to meet the growing welfare needs of the twenty-first century.
Contents
Introduction; What do we mean by welfare?;
How should we deliver welfare?;
Where should planning and delivery take place?;
Who benefits from welfare?;
What challenges does welfare face?;
Conclusion: a new approach to collective welfare
Review Quotes
Hartley Dean, London School of Economics and Political Science
“Alcock uses his enviable gift for simplifying complex narratives and ideas to redeem the very meaning of ‘welfare’ and explain how the much-maligned welfare state entails concerted action in the service of the common good.”
Jane Millar, University of Bath
“This is an important book. It is a timely reminder of what the UK welfare state has achieved and what is currently at stake. It challenges us to secure the future.”
Margaret May, University of Birmingham
“Undoubtedly a text for our times and a must-read for anyone concerned about the future of our welfare system, providing an antidote to neoliberal thinking and a compelling case for collective investment in the common good.”
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