Reinventing the Welfare State

Digital Platforms and Public Policies

The Covid-19 pandemic has tragically exposed how today's welfare state cannot properly protect its citizens. Despite the valiant efforts of public sector workers, from under-resourced hospitals to a shortage of housing and affordable social care, the pandemic has shown how decades of neglect has caused hundreds to die. Les mer
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The Covid-19 pandemic has tragically exposed how today's welfare state cannot properly protect its citizens. Despite the valiant efforts of public sector workers, from under-resourced hospitals to a shortage of housing and affordable social care, the pandemic has shown how decades of neglect has caused hundreds to die. In this bold new book, leading policy analyst Ursula Huws shows how we can create a welfare state that is fair, affordable, and offers security for all.



Huws focuses on some of the key issues of our time - the gig economy, universal, free healthcare, and social care, to criticize the current state of welfare provision. Drawing on a lifetime of research on these topics, she clearly explains why we need to radically rethink how it could change. With positivity and rigor, she proposes new and original policy ideas, including critical discussions of Universal Basic Income and new legislation for universal workers' rights.



She also outlines a 'digital welfare state' for the 21st century. This would involve a repurposing of online platform technologies under public control to modernize and expand public services, and improve accessibility.
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Forlag: Pluto Press
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Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 240
ISBN: 9780745341835
Format: 20 x 13 cm
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'Huws documents brilliantly how the welfare state has morphed into a machine for increasing inequality and distributing wealth upwards. Her solutions are radical, but in the post-Covid slump radicalism will be essential.'

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‘A must-read for those who seek to find a logical order behind the dramatic events of current times. Ursula Huws’ work maps out with great attention the new borders of the socio-economic issues of today’

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'A searing critique of how welfare cuts have hit the most vulnerable hardest - and a compelling account of how we can rebuild social security with new tech. A must read for policymakers, campaigners and trade unionists.'

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'With remarkable precision, Ursula Huws provides a chilling account of how the British welfare state has been turned upside down, no longer a mechanism for reversing inequality but for enhancing the wealth of the super-rich. She then outlines a new welfare agenda, detailing the infrastructures necessary to enhance the lives of carers and cared for alike, as well as now essential for global sustainability overall. Not to be missed!'

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'Ursula Huws hits the nail on its head exposing the brutal exploitation of vulnerable workers as the gig economies flourish.'

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'A must-read for those who seek to find a logical order behind the rapid and dramatic events of current times'

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Series Preface

Preface

Acknowledgements

1. Introduction

2. What Has Happened to the Twentieth-century Welfare State?

3. What Has Happened in the Labour Market?

4. What Has Happened to Gender Equality?

5. Recalibrating the Mechanisms of Redistribution

6. A Universal Basic Income that is Genuinely Redistributive

7. A New Deal for Labour

8. Digital Platforms for Public Good

9. The Way Forward

Notes

Index
Ursula Huws is Professor of Labor and Globalization at the University of Hertfordshire. Her most recent book is Labour in Contemporary Capitalism: What Next? (2019). She has been carrying out pioneering research on the economic and social impacts of technological change, the restructuring of employment and the changing international division of labour, for many years. She lectures, advises policy-makers, and has written numerous books.