Paying for the Welfare State in the 21st Century

Date

2017-06-28

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Policy Press

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Book

Peer reviewed

Abstract

What does the future hold for welfare in the post-industrial 21st century? Political and economic forces are threatening the taxation regimes of highly globalised, capitalist societies, prompting an urgent debate around the function of welfare and how we pay for it. In a challenge to current policy and thinking, David Byrne and Sally Ruane deploy the concepts and analytical tools of Marxist political economy to better understand these developments, and the possibilities they present for social change. Using the SNP in Scotland as an illustrative case study, current debates are related to a critical understanding of the relationship between taxation and spending, issues that are fundamental to early 21st century politics and the future of welfare.

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tax, welfare state, postindustrial society, inequality

Citation

Byrne, D. and Ruane, S. (2017) Paying for the Welfare State in the 21st Century. Bristol: Policy Press

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Research Institute

Institute of Health, Health Policy and Social Care