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Welfare States and Immigrant RightsThe Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion$
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Diane Sainsbury

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199654772

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654772.001.0001

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Liberal Welfare States and Immigrants’ Social Rights

Liberal Welfare States and Immigrants’ Social Rights

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Welfare States and Immigrant Rights

Diane Sainsbury

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with the two liberal regime countries — the US and the UK — and how the defining properties of the liberal welfare regime, such as heavy reliance on means tested benefits and market solutions, have influenced immigrants' social rights. The chapter begins with the USA, which has been regarded as the prototype of the liberal welfare regime, and then moves to the UK. For each country, the basic features of social provision, the nature of the incorporation regime, and the broad contours of immigration are discussed. Then formal inclusion of immigrants in social provision, the impact of retrenchment, welfare state restructuring, and changes in the incorporation regime on immigrants' social rights are examined. The chapter concludes with a comparison of the two countries' welfare regimes and incorporation regimes, emphasizing how similarities and differences affect immigrants' social rights.

Keywords:   USA, UK, liberal welfare regime, means tested benefits, market solutions, retrenchment, welfare state restructuring, immigrants' social rights

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