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The state of the welfare state: advice, governance and care in settings of austerity

Koch, Insa and James, Deborah (2019) The state of the welfare state: advice, governance and care in settings of austerity. Ethnos. ISSN 0014-1844

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00141844.2019.1688371


Contemporary attempts to govern ‘the state of the welfare state’ are as much about moral endeavours as they are about political and economic imperatives. Such is the argument put forward in this Introduction, which focuses on the work that advisers perform in settings of austerity across Europe. Advisers are often the last call for help for their clients/dependents who find themselves increasingly at the mercy of local authorities, immigration regimes, landlords, banks and debt collection agencies. But competing visions of moral worth and social justice continue to permeate the everyday deliberations of those who administer, support and advocate advice. Struggles and dilemmas over how best to provide assistance and balance individuals’ moral judgments against the collective good frequently occur. We explore both the dovetailing of and divergence between domains and roles, in disrupting as well as reproducing dominant logics of extraction and accumulation.

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Additional Information: © 2020 The Authors
Divisions: Law
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2019 15:27
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2021 23:13

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