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Vol 23 No 2 Feb/March 2018

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The UK Supreme Court Yearbook Volume 8: 2016-2017 Legal Year

Edited by: Daniel Clarry
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Social Rights in the Welfare State: Origins and Transformations

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Edited by: Toomas Kotkas, Kenneth Veitch

ISBN13: 9781138693944
Published: January 2017
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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At a time when the future of the welfare state is the object of heated debate in many European countries, this edited collection explores the relationship between this institution and social rights. Structured around the themes of the role of social rights in the historical development of the welfare state, the increasing impact of market imperatives on social rights, and the relationship between social rights and questions of (in)equality and social exclusion/inclusion, the essays explore the impact of transformations in the welfare state upon social rights and their underlying rationalities and logics.

Written by a group of international scholars, many of the essays discuss a number of urgent and topical issues within social policy, including: the social rights of asylum seekers; the increasing marketisation of public welfare services; the care of the elderly; and the obligation to work as a condition of access to welfare benefits. International in its scope, and interdisciplinary in its approach, this collection of essays will appeal to scholars and students working in the fields of law and legal theory, sociology, social policy, and politics. It will also be of interest to policy makers and all those engaged in the debate over the future of the welfare state and social rights.

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Law and Society
Part I: Conceptual Trajectories
1. Nordic Welfare States and the Short History of Social Rights Discourse, Toomas Kotkas
2. From Rules to Principles: The Shift towards Individual Social Rights, Malcolm Langford
3. Unemployment and the Obligatory Dimension of Social Rights, Kenneth Veitch

Part II: Social Rights and the Market
4. Chipping In: Paying for Public Services, and the Role of Social Welfare Rights, Amir Paz-Fuchs
5. From Social Rights to Economic Incentives? The Moral (Re)Construction of Welfare Capitalism, Sabine Frerichs
6. The Role of European Integration in the Ongoing Transformation of the ‘Social’ State: From Symbiosis to Dominion, Fernando Losada

Part III: Social Rights and Questions of Equality and Inclusion
7. Correcting Inequalities through Social Rights, Maija Aalto-Heinilä
8. New Social Risks and New Social Rights, Philippe Martin
9. Us and Them: The Exclusionary Impact of ‘New Nationalism’ upon the Social Rights of Asylum Seekers, Katie Bales