The Welfare State in Post-industrial Society: The Lay of the Land

  • Jon (Joe) Hendricks
  • Jason L. Powell

To say that the world is a far different place than it was just a few short decades ago sounds a trifle banal. Has that not been the case throughout history? Well, yes, this is indeed true, but it is our contention that the dynamics of change underwent a qualitative transformation in the latter half of the twentieth century. As we move into what can be called the global century, many aspects of life are changing, and post-industrial shifts are unparalleled by virtue of the interconnectedness that brings together the far corners of the globe. New technologies, new economic relationships, new social processes, and new political processes are all characteristics of globalization (Hudson & Lowe, 2004: 22). As the world has contracted, people’s quality of life has changed regardless of where they live. In fact, the propagation of free market mind-sets in emerging economies has created collective network connections with considerable good but pervasive inequalities as well. A principal goal of this volume is to explicate how these changes are of historical scale, how they are part of what post-industrial welfare is all about, and how they play out in terms of risks and inequalities shaping human experience.


Social Welfare Welfare Policy Welfare Regime Universal Jurisdiction Social Welfare Policy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jon (Joe) Hendricks
    • 1
  • Jason L. Powell
    • 2
  1. 1.Office of Provost, Oregon State UniversityOregonUSA
  2. 2.School of Sociology and Social PolicyUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK

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