What does the future hold for welfare in the post-industrial 21st century? Political and economic forces are threatening the taxation regimes of highly globalised, capitalist societies, prompting an urgent debate around the function of welfare and how we pay for it.
In a challenge to current policy and thinking, David Byrne and Sally Ruane deploy the concepts and analytical tools of Marxist political economy to better understand these developments, and the possibilities they present for social change.
Using the SNP in Scotland as an illustrative case study, current debates are related to a critical understanding of the relationship between taxation and spending, issues that are fundamental to early 21st century politics and the future of welfare.
David Byrne is Emeritus Professor of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University. His work explores the consequences of the post-industrial transition and the implications of the complexity frame of reference for understanding the social world.
Sally Ruane works in the School of Applied Social Sciences at De Montfort University, Leicester, and is Deputy Director of the Health Policy Research Unit. Her research interests lie in health service reform, forms of NHS privatisation and taxation.
Fiscal Crisis in post-industrial capitalism – Part One;
Fiscal crisis in post-industrial capitalism – Part Two;
Debt, Austerity and Welfare in post-industrial capitalism;
Tax and Inequality;
The Scottish Example;