The Welfare State Crisis and the Transformation of Social Service Work

By Michael B. Fabricant; Steve Burghardt | Go to book overview

Contents
Foreword by Irwin Epsteinix
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
1. THE RESPONSE TO THE POOR BY A DEBTOR STATE: 3 THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CRISES OF THE 1990s
Introduction: Unanswered Questions in Unsettling Times 3
A Deeper Look at the Financial Problems of the 1990s5
The Decline of the American Economy: Deindustrialization and the Restratification of the Labor Force6
Beyond the "Intensification of Poverty": The Response to the Poor by a Debtor State 13
An Ominous Future: The Inability of States and Local Communities to Do More21
2.
THE POLITICAL ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK OF THE WELFARE STATE CRISIS 29
Introduction 29
Three Theories of the Welfare State: Conservative, Liberal, and Neo-Marxist32
The Contradictions between the Democratic State and Capitalist Society 40
Why Groups under Capitalism Must Turn to the State: The Development of the State's Accumulation—Legitimation Functions 43
Conflict-Laden Activities and Processes of the Welfare State: The Role of Class Struggle 48
The Neo-Marxist Deterministic Analysis of Welfare State Programs 50
Summary and Conclusions 57

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