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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 the Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion

Liberal Welfare States and the Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion

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Welfare States and Immigrant Rights

Diane Sainsbury

Oxford University Press

This chapter traces changes in immigrants' social rights first in the United States and then in the United Kingdom. The politics of inclusion and exclusion in the US have centered on the extension and contraction of immigrants' welfare rights. In Britain the universalism of the early postwar welfare state encompassed all residents, and the politics of inclusion have been less concerned with the extension of social rights to immigrants but rather with strengthening their social rights through anti-discrimination legislation. The contraction of immigrants' social rights, however, resulted in quite similar policy outputs — lengthy bans on utilizing means tested benefits — but the politics behind the policies was quite different. The concluding discussion summarizes the contrasts and similarities in the politics of exclusion in the two countries.

Keywords:   US, welfare benefits, UK, anti-discrimination legislation, means tested benefits

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