Rethinking social policy and society

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    Abstract

    Political and administrative processes are leading to collectively undesirable and intolerable societal outcomes in the advanced liberal democracies, as policymakers seek to address social issues in the design and implementation of new social policies that actively govern conduct. Behavioural regulation is the order of the day. For scholars interested in the development of social policy and the idea of a society as a whole, it is timely to begin the revaluation of the very notion of social policy and society beyond the ‘active’ neoliberal policy paradigm. Here we are particularly concerned with the ends and means of the coercive policy instruments and the active ethical issues arising from their use.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)159-175
    Number of pages17
    JournalSocial Policy and Society
    Volume15
    Issue number2
    Early online date20 May 2015
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016

    Keywords

    • active social policy
    • illiberalism
    • neoliberalism
    • activation

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