Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
New Risks, New WelfareThe Transformation of the European Welfare State$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Peter Taylor-Gooby

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199267262

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/019926726X.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 22 January 2022

The UK—A Test Case for the Liberal Welfare State?

The UK—A Test Case for the Liberal Welfare State?

(p.55) 3 The UK—A Test Case for the Liberal Welfare State?
New Risks, New Welfare

Peter Taylor-Gooby (Contributor Webpage)

Trine P. Larsen

Oxford University Press

The UK developed an innovative agenda of new social risk policies through the 1980s and 1990s. The Conservative government up to 1997 essentially pursued liberal market reforms with minimal provision for vulnerable minorities. After 1997, new labour developed a programme of work‐life balance and New Deal labour market reforms that represented a change of direction in the UK context. These policies relied heavily on market provision and on market incentives, with a state safety net for those on low incomes, but were more generous than the previous provision and were carefully and consciously structured to enhance work incentives for women with domestic responsibilities and others. They were influential in welfare state debate across Europe and at EU level. Reliance on a private sector, which government cannot directly control, created problems, most notably in childcare, elder care, and pensions. The UK is able to change policy rapidly due to its highly centralised ‘Westminster’ governmental system. Its reform experience has important lessons for other European countries.

Keywords:   active labour market, Blair, child care, minimum wage, New Deal, new labour, pensions, reform, retrenchment, social policy, social risks, tax credit, UK, anemployment, welfare state, work

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .