This book offers insights into the development of social welfare policies by exploring the interconnections between policies and practice throughout history.
It challenges tacitly accepted arguments that favour particular approaches to welfare, such as conditionality and eligibility. It provides examples of enduring social assumptions which influence the way we perform social welfare, such as the equivocal position of women in social welfare and the unintended consequences of reforms such as Universal Credit.
By identifying continuities in welfare policy, practice and thought, it offers the potential for the development of new thinking, policy making and practice.
Jonathan Parker is Professor of Society and Social Welfare at Bournemouth University.
Concepts, continuities and critique
Social welfare through history: the context
Philosophical binaries and normative judgements
Chocolate, flowers and social welfare reform
War: The paradoxical crucible of welfare reform
Gendered perspectives on welfare
Piacular austerity: sacrificing the poor for the rich
Universal credit and its strange bedfellows
Containing the radicals and regulating the other: A history of the strange case of social work
W(h)ither welfare after Brexit and Covid-19?
Conclusions: Interconnecting and puzzling features