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Living Wages and the Welfare State

The Anglo-American Social Model in Transition

By Shaun Wilson

Published

10 May 2021

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1447341208

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

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Policy Press

Published

10 May 2021

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1447341185

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

10 May 2021

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1447341215

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

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    Living Wages and the Welfare State

    Are living wages an unaffordable and unwieldy aspiration or a key progressive reform?

    Demands for fair minimum incomes have dominated national debates amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This topical book addresses the rapidly shifting politics of minimum wages in Australia, the UK, Canada, the US, New Zealand and Ireland, where workfare has compelled many to find low-income work and where neoliberal thinking about minimum wages has prevailed.

    Analysing minimum wage policies within a political-economy narrative, this innovative book offers an alternative to the Basic Income narrative and identifies the success of Living Wage campaigns as central to welfare state change.

    Shaun Wilson is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University.

    Introduction: The Challenge of a Living Wage

    Minimum Wage Workers and the Low-wage Labour Market

    Threats to Low-wage Workers and their Living Standards

    The Crumbling Orthodoxy: Arguments for Low Minimum Wages

    Enter the New Politics of the Living Wage

    Challenges to Living Wage Welfare States

    Conclusion: Living Wages and the Liberal Welfare States in the 21st century