Hartley Dean (ed)
The Policy Press (24 March 2004)
Britains New Labour government claims to support the cause of human rights. At the same time, it claims that we have no rights without responsibility and that dependency on the state is irresponsible. The Ethics of Welfare offers a critique of this paradox and discusses the ethical conundrum it implies for the future of social welfare. Exploring 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.