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Public welfare and liberal governance

Harris, P. (2005) Public welfare and liberal governance. In: Barns, I., Dudley, J., Harris, P. and Petersen, A., (eds.) Post-structuralism, Citizenship and Social Policy. Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis group, pp. 23-59.

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Introduction This chapter traces the ways in which western governments have responded to the historic fact that a significant proportion of their populations are prevented from earning income (‘earning life’) through the operations of the market. It discusses the terms and conditions on which economic support for low-income households has been provided over time and the political rationalities which have guided such provision. It draws on the arguments of certain Foucaultian theorists to suggest that governments’ responses to their economically subject populations increasingly deploy a calculative type of welfare which divides citizens one from another. The notion of ‘liberal governance’ and the perceived relationship between ‘dependent’ and ‘independent’ populations are central to the analysis.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Social Inquiry
Publisher: Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis group
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