Human Dignity and Welfare Systems

Chak Kwan Chan and Graham Bowpitt

Human Dignity and Welfare Systems
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Chak Kwan Chan and Graham Bowpitt

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

256 pages | © 2005
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781861344311 Published October 2005 For sale in North and South America only
Pro-'workfare' governments justify their policies by claiming 'workfare' helps enhance self-esteem and promote the dignity of unemployed recipients. On the other hand, welfare activists argue that 'workfare' suppresses the dignity of unemployed persons. This book examines the concept of human dignity in this context and attempts to clarify its meaning. For the first time, it formulates a framework for evaluating the dignity of welfare recipients; uses this framework to explore the dignity of unemployed persons in four different welfare systems: UK, Sweden, China and Hong Kong and compares the conditions of human dignity in each case and identifies factors which enhance or suppress it. Human dignity and welfare systems is important reading for students and academics in the fields of social policy, social work, philosophy and politics. It is also a useful reference text for politicians, welfare administrators and activists.
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Part One: Background
1. Human dignity and social policy
2. Rationality, sociability and human dignity
3. Respect, social participation and four welfare states
Part Two: Case studies
4. Hong Kong and human dignity
5. China and human dignity
6. The United Kingdom and human dignity
7. Sweden and human dignity
Part Three: Comparisons
8. Comparing human dignity in four welfare systems
9. Human dignity and the classification of welfare states

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