Although state provision may have dominated in Britain since 1945, there is a growing movement towards welfare pluralism - a mixed economy of welfare - involving private, voluntary and informal sectors. This book, written by social policy and welfare experts, sheds light on this neglected area of social policy. It shows how the mixed economy of welfare links with important conceptual and policy debates. Combining theoretical and empirical perspectives on the changing nature of welfare, it explores the components of the key concepts of the mixed economy of welfare and the social division of welfare; analyses the issues of the production, finance and regulation of welfare; locates these issues in the context of New Labour's social policy and examines the wider international dimensions of the concepts. As with all titles in the series, it has been designed with the needs of students in mind and includes useful chapter summaries, illustrative boxes and diagrams, and pointers to relevant websites and other sources of further information.
Martin Powell is Professor of Social Policy at the University of Stirling. He has published widely in the areas of New Labour and the theory and history of the welfare state.
Introduction: the mixed economy of welfare and the social division of welfare ~ Martin Powell; The mixed economy of welfare in historical context ~ John Stewart; State welfare ~ Brian Lund; Private welfare ~ Mark Drakeford; The voluntary and community sector ~ Pete Alcock and Duncan Scott; Informal welfare ~ Hilary Arksey and Caroline Glendinning; Tax welfare ~ Adrian Sinfield; Occupational welfare ~ Edward Brunsdon and Margaret May; The mixed economy of welfare: a comparative perspective ~ Michael Hill; The global and supra-national dimensions of the welfare mix ~ Nicola Yeates; Conclusion: analyses in the mixed economy of welfare and the social division of welfare ~ Martin Powell.