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Rethinking Welfare

Rethinking Welfare

Iain Ferguson | Michael Lavalette | Gerry Mooney


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`I would encourage undergraduates students to read it, for it does summarise well a classical Marxist analysis of social policy and welfare' - Social Policy

The anti-capitalist movement is increasingly challenging the global hegemony of neo-liberalism. The arguments against the neo-liberal agenda are clearly articulated in Rethinking Welfare. The authors highlight the growing inequalities and decimation of state welfare, and use Marxist approaches to contemporary social policy to provide a defence of the welfare state.

Divided into three main sections, the first part of this volume looks at the growth of inequality, and social and environmental degradation.

Part Two centres on the authors' argument for the relevance of core Marxists concepts in aiding our understanding of social policy. This section includes Marxist approaches to a range of welfare issues, and their implications for studying welfare regimes and practices.

Issues covered include:

· Class and class struggle

· Opression

· Alienation and the family

The last part of the book explores the question of globalization and the consequences of international neo-liberalism on indebted countries as well as the neo-liberal agenda of the Conservative and New Labour governments in Britain. The authors conclude with the prospect of an alternative welfare future which may form part of the challenge against global neo-liberalism.
`I would encourage undergraduates students to read it, for it does summarise well a classical Marxist analysis of social policy and welfare' - Social Policy
"Rethinking Welfare provides researchers and practitioners a compelling reminder of the largely structural and material forces that shape our welfare states. Rethinking Welfare provides a thoughtful and emerging resistance to the identity politics and vulgar social constructionism that has pervaded the academic world and also taken hold in many professional social work schools. The book provides a convincing caveat to the alleged success stories of free markets, structural adjustments and globalization."

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
1 Studying the ground before the campaign 1
2 Setting up the campaign headquarters 18
3 What are other organizations doing? 2 5
4 The role of the leader 28
5 The role of the board 34
6 Reinforcing the board 51
7 Fighting fear of fundraising 59
8 The role of volunteers 71
9 Planning an effective communications program: Introduction 77
10 Competing for attention 79
11 Planning to communicate 81
12 Seventeen paths to effective communication 91
13 Personal contact: making the most of the spoken word 97
14 Using images 110
15 Combining voice and image: effective audiovisual presentations 116
16 Making the most of print 124
17 The printed materials of business 134
18 Powerful posters 138
19 The basics of brochures 141
20 Producing effective newsletters 146
21 Annual reports that people want to read 15 3
22 Obtaining good media coverage 156
23 Planning and organizing public relations events 166
24 Making the Internet work for you 171
Suggested reading and Web sites 18 3
List of Topics 190
Acknowledgements 200
About the author 202