Solidarity and Care in the United Kingdom

  • Malcolm Johnson
  • Lesley Cullen
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 69)


If the Welfare State was born in Britain in the 1940’s to widespread if not universal acclaim, it enjoys a less certain position in the political economy fifty years later. Despite the onslaught of 18 years of Conservative government dominated by Thatcherite principles, which vigorously promoted individualism, and at times denied the very existence of ‘society’, it remains largely intact. Now, like other welfare states it has to accommodate the impact of multinational companies operating in a global economy in a way, which Esping Andersen suggests, undermines distinctive national welfare arrangements (Esping Andersen, 1996). Globalisation demands open systems which allow capital to flow in and out of nation states and in turn places pressures on levels of spending on social provision when economic performance slips. Yet national and cultural systems, values and practices remain visibly present.


Local Authority National Health Service Welfare State Public Spending Voluntary Sector 
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