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Living Wages and the Welfare State: The Anglo-American Social Model in Transition

Shaun Wilson


Living Wages and the Welfare State documents and analyses a key transition now underway in the Anglo-American social model. Although minimum wages are increasing across the world, recent mobilisations for living wages represents a major challenge to the policy consensus of the Anglo-American model in place now for several decades. That consensus promoted adjustments to globalisation and technology by promoting a lean workfare model, maximising dependence on deregulated private labour markets held in place by low minimum wage floors. Growing problems with poor employment quality and low pay, co ... More

Keywords: living wages, minimum wages, workfare, liberalism, social policy, employment, basic income, job guarantee

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781447341185
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447341185.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shaun Wilson, author
Macquarie University