The book explores the extent to which rights to welfare are related to human inter-dependency on the one hand and the ethics of responsibility on the other. Its intention is to kick-start a fresh debate about the moral foundations of social policy and welfare reform.
The ethics of welfare:
explores the concepts of dependency, responsibility and rights and their significance for social citizenship;
draws together findings from a range of recent research that has investigated popular, political, welfare provider and welfare user discourses;
discusses, in a UK context, the relevance of the recent Human Rights Act for social policy;
presents arguments in favour of a human rights based approach to social welfare.
The book is essential reading for anyone concerned about the future of welfare. It is aimed at students and academics in social policy, social work, sociology, politics and law. It will also interest policy makers and welfare professionals, particularly those concerned with welfare benefits and social care.
"Although essentially this is an academic book, it would be of help to anyone working in welfare or benefits provision or social services." Community Care
"A stimulating contribution to the debate about the rights and obligations of citizenship." Alan Deacon, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds
Hartley Dean is a former welfare rights worker, now a lecturer in Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Part One: Ideological constructions: Human rights and welfare rights: contextualising dependency and responsibility ~ Hartley Dean; Dependency, justice and the ethic of care ~ Kathryn Ellis; Responsibility and welfare: in search of moral sensibility ~ Shane Doheny; Part Two: Popular and welfare provider discourses: Popular discourses of dependency, responsibility and rights ~ Hartley Dean and Ruth Rogers; Fostering a human rights discourse in the provision of social care for adults ~ Kathryn Ellis and Ruth Rogers; Administering rights for dependent subjects ~ Hartley Dean and Ruth Rogers; Part Three: Service user experiences: Agency, 'dependency' and welfare: beyond issues of claim and contribution? ~ Peter Dwyer; Ethical techniques of the self and the 'good jobseeker' ~ Ruth Rogers; New Labour, citizenship and responsibility: family, community and the obscuring of social relations ~ Michael Orton; Part Four: Conclusion: Reconceptualising dependency, responsibility and rights ~ Hartley Dean.