The welfare state: A fundamental dimension of modern government

David Garland

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Abstract

    What, in fact, is the Welfare State? This article traces the emergence of the welfare state as a specific mode of government, describing its distinctive rationality as well as its characteristic forms, functions and effects. It identifies five sectors of welfare governance, the relations between them, and the various forms these take in different times and places. It discusses the contradictory commitments that shape welfare state practices and the problems associated with these practices and contradictions. It situates welfare state government within a long-term account of the changing relations between the social and the economic spheres. And it argues that the welfare state ought to be understood as a normal social fact - an essential (though constantly contested) part of the social and economic organization of modern capitalist societies.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)327-364
    Number of pages38
    JournalArchives Europeennes de Sociologie
    Volume55
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 16 2015

    Fingerprint

    welfare state
    rationality
    economics
    capitalist society
    welfare
    commitment
    governance
    organization

    Keywords

    • Capitalism
    • Governmentality
    • Moral economy
    • Neo-Liberalism
    • Normal social fact
    • Welfare state

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Sociology and Political Science

    Cite this

    The welfare state : A fundamental dimension of modern government. / Garland, David.

    In: Archives Europeennes de Sociologie, Vol. 55, No. 3, 16.01.2015, p. 327-364.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    @article{71ee8087bad7458883366fde4dda552a,
    title = "The welfare state: A fundamental dimension of modern government",
    abstract = "What, in fact, is the Welfare State? This article traces the emergence of the welfare state as a specific mode of government, describing its distinctive rationality as well as its characteristic forms, functions and effects. It identifies five sectors of welfare governance, the relations between them, and the various forms these take in different times and places. It discusses the contradictory commitments that shape welfare state practices and the problems associated with these practices and contradictions. It situates welfare state government within a long-term account of the changing relations between the social and the economic spheres. And it argues that the welfare state ought to be understood as a normal social fact - an essential (though constantly contested) part of the social and economic organization of modern capitalist societies.",
    keywords = "Capitalism, Governmentality, Moral economy, Neo-Liberalism, Normal social fact, Welfare state",
    author = "David Garland",
    year = "2015",
    month = "1",
    day = "16",
    doi = "10.1017/S0003975614000162",
    language = "English (US)",
    volume = "55",
    pages = "327--364",
    journal = "Archives Europeennes de Sociologie",
    issn = "0003-9756",
    publisher = "Cambridge University Press",
    number = "3",

    }

    TY - JOUR

    T1 - The welfare state

    T2 - A fundamental dimension of modern government

    AU - Garland, David

    PY - 2015/1/16

    Y1 - 2015/1/16

    N2 - What, in fact, is the Welfare State? This article traces the emergence of the welfare state as a specific mode of government, describing its distinctive rationality as well as its characteristic forms, functions and effects. It identifies five sectors of welfare governance, the relations between them, and the various forms these take in different times and places. It discusses the contradictory commitments that shape welfare state practices and the problems associated with these practices and contradictions. It situates welfare state government within a long-term account of the changing relations between the social and the economic spheres. And it argues that the welfare state ought to be understood as a normal social fact - an essential (though constantly contested) part of the social and economic organization of modern capitalist societies.

    AB - What, in fact, is the Welfare State? This article traces the emergence of the welfare state as a specific mode of government, describing its distinctive rationality as well as its characteristic forms, functions and effects. It identifies five sectors of welfare governance, the relations between them, and the various forms these take in different times and places. It discusses the contradictory commitments that shape welfare state practices and the problems associated with these practices and contradictions. It situates welfare state government within a long-term account of the changing relations between the social and the economic spheres. And it argues that the welfare state ought to be understood as a normal social fact - an essential (though constantly contested) part of the social and economic organization of modern capitalist societies.

    KW - Capitalism

    KW - Governmentality

    KW - Moral economy

    KW - Neo-Liberalism

    KW - Normal social fact

    KW - Welfare state

    UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84921411879&partnerID=8YFLogxK

    UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84921411879&partnerID=8YFLogxK

    U2 - 10.1017/S0003975614000162

    DO - 10.1017/S0003975614000162

    M3 - Article

    AN - SCOPUS:84921411879

    VL - 55

    SP - 327

    EP - 364

    JO - Archives Europeennes de Sociologie

    JF - Archives Europeennes de Sociologie

    SN - 0003-9756

    IS - 3

    ER -