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Social Protection After the CrisisRegulation without enforcement$
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Steve Tombs

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447313755

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447313755.001.0001

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Introduction: some starting points

Introduction: some starting points

(p.1) One Introduction: some starting points
Social Protection After the Crisis

Steve Tombs

Policy Press

This introductory chapter provides an outline of key historical, political, and social contexts for the remainder of the book. It provides some key observations on the relationship between the state and social protection, focusing on the emergence of laws ostensibly designed to protect the environment, food and worker health and safety in the UK. It also outlines some empirical indicators of the scale and extent of corporate crime and harms in these areas, showing these to be widespread and significant. Further, it lays out key social-scientific concepts which are central throughout, notably regulation, de-regulation and re-regulation, neo—liberalism, and hegemony. It concludes by noting the geographical focus of the book, and the timescale upon which the analysis is most focussed.

Keywords:   corporate crime and harm, hegemony, neoliberalism, regulation, social protection

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