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The ethics of welfare: Human rights, dependency and responsibility

Hartley Dean


This book explores the extent to which rights to welfare are related to human inter-dependency on the one hand and the ethics of responsibility on the other. Its intention is to kick-start a fresh debate about the moral foundations of social policy and welfare reform. The book explores the concepts of dependency, responsibility, rights, and their significance for social citizenship; draws together findings from a range of recent research that has investigated popular political welfare provider and welfare user discourses; discusses, in a UK context, the relevance of the recent Human Rights Act ... More

Keywords: rights to welfare, ethics of responsibility, morality, social policy, welfare reform, social citizenship, Human Rights Act

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9781861345622
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861345622.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hartley Dean, editor