Conditional citizens? welfare rights and responsibilities in the late 1990s

Dwyer, PJ 1998, 'Conditional citizens? welfare rights and responsibilities in the late 1990s' , Critical Social Policy, 18 (57) , pp. 493-517.

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In Britain the relationship between welfare rights and responsibilities has undergone change. A new welfare 'consensus' that emphasizes a citizen ship centred on notions of duty rather than rights has been built. This has allowed the state to reduce its role as a provider of welfare and also defend a position in which the welfare rights of some citizens are increas ingly conditional on those individuals meeting compulsory responsibili ties or duties. This concentration on individual responsibility/duty has undermined the welfare rights of some of the poorest members of society. Three levels of debate are considered within the article: academic, pol itical and 'grassroots'. The latter is included in an attempt to allow some 'bottom up' views into what is largely a debate dominated by social sci entists and politicians.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Critical Social Policy
Publisher: Sage Publications
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0261-0183
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Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2011 15:40
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 10:52

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