Promoting Welfare?

Government Information Policy and Social Citizenship

Penny Leonard

Promoting Welfare?
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Penny Leonard

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

176 pages | © 2003
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781861344878 Published October 2003 For sale in North and South America only
This book links notions of citizenship with government policy to inform service users about their rights. It explores the role of government in encouraging or deterring the cliaming of welfare entitlements as a way of understanding changing political perspectives and attitudes towards citizens and their social rights.Promoting welfare?:compares the rhetoric of claimants' rights with the realities of information provision;uses the example of the increasingly complex social security system to consider the citizenship status of claimants;focuses on government policies rather than on psychological, attitudinal or deprivational explanations for levels of take-up;uses historical and contemporary evidence, including interviews with policy makers, to explore information policy.Promoting welfare? is aimed at all those who are concerned about poverty, social justice and citizenship including:students and teachers of social policy, politics and public administration;politicians and policy makers;service users, practitioners and welfare rights groups.
      Michael Sullivan
List of abbreviations

1. Introduction
2. Citizenship
3. Information
4. Social Democracy and information
5. The New Right and information
6. New Labour and information
7. Case study A: In-work benefits for low wage earners
8. Case study B: Means-tested benefits for older people
9. Information for citizenship?

Appendix A: Government expenditure on publicity for social security benefits (1973–98/99)
Appendix B: Sample leaflets and posters
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