The withering of the welfare state

Another publication has come to fruition.  Palgrave Macmillan have just published The Withering of the Welfare State, edited by my colleagues, Professors James Connelly and Jack Hayward.  I have a chapter in it entitled, ‘Constitutional Change and the Tensions of Liberal Democracy’.

The book is published to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Politics Department at Hull.  It is being launched at the university on 23 February, when the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, will be delivering a lecture – as part of the anniversary celebrations – on parliamentary reform.

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Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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7 Responses to The withering of the welfare state

  1. Frank W. Summers III says:

    Lord Norton,

    Seems quite topical. From what I gather of the British Parliament, the European leadership, the IMF, our presidential elections, Greek and Italian politics — There is a real intensity to the debate about funding fixed universal entitlements to good services and programs. A debate which taken as a whole has much of humanity discussing most aspects of the twentieth century welfare state model. Timely in publication is a good start for any book…

  2. ladytizzy says:

    Apologies for o/t but…oh my giddy aunt.

    I was pointed towards a Coffee House article on a Lib Dem constitutional amendment to be debated during their spring conference.
    See p39:

    If there is no overall majority after a general election, they are proposing to organise a conference immediately after the election to ratify whatever their negotiating team, Leader, and reference group has managed to agree with, presumably, both Labour and Conservative negotiating teams, in order to,…” support a government which contains members of one or more other political parties…”

    Awesome bit of Lib Demmery.

  3. maude elwes says:

    All the Tory’s have to do to win outright and with a resounding majority at the next general election is, to rid us of political correntness, in it’s totality. Return schools to the days when there were standards expected in order for the child to function once an adult, with apropriate aspirations. The academically superior going to learning centres who accomodate their ability, whilst those with more promise in the arts or hands of activity having suitable training programmes. Make sure that all, no matter from what background, have a vocabulary which will enlighten them by conversation, on every level, and be sure they are fed a healthy diet.

    Return the NHS to the ethos of the 50’s and 60’s, which will mean housing British nurses so they can afford to work in the City hospitals, Remove the stupid American idea of nurses not tending to the practice or hands on care of the patient, whether that be feeding, cleaning or changing dressings. Choose only women suitable to such an ethos and return it to a highly respected job that is not too easy to come by.

    Stop immigration totally until you sort out genuine requirements of foreigners to our population and not simply to hold down wages. Expect doctors and consultants to be there on a 24/7 rota, Whatever their status or drop their pay. And only take those who are qualified to British standards and speak perfect English with a professional grasp of articualtion..

    Cull those in government who are draining the public purse, which means kicking out old chums, coat tail hangers and ne’r do wells. Roll the British flag up the poll and expect the people to stand by the British tradition and salute it.

    Tax the people as they should be taxed, with those at the top paying a larger percent than those at the bottom, across the board, otherwise we will become as Greece or California. And companies especially banks must refill the social coffers, after all, they depleted it, with government backing. Those who have off shore accounts to move off shore and take their business with them if they want to avoid the stringent taxation of the country. We need their money invested and resting here.

    Stop harping on about growth and settle for quality rather than quantity/ Make imports too expensive by adding exhorbitant duty, thereby kicking China and India back where they should be. Reboot the Welfare State and, voila, you will never loose an election again. Should you stick to the welfare of our people and the survial of this country, before the survival of others, you will be lauded as rightful leaders, the way you want to be. Otherwise, you will find yourself on the same pit heap as the rest of the losers, only to rue the day you didn’t have the courage to do what you knew was right for the people of ‘this’ country.


    To repeat.

  4. Croft says:

    “withering of the welfare state”

    Um? When is this happening exactly as the proportion spent on welfare has gradually since ’48 and is predicted to continue to do so?

  5. maude elwes says:

    Yes, along with the massive increase in taxation and the reduction of savings in real terms. . Is the suggestion going to be, that akin to the USA, we should donate our hard earned money simply to provide a war machine for those in office to play regime change games?

    The cry for taxation was sold to the public on it being the solution of universal socially insurance or securety in times of difficultys. Not in order for those same tax payers to bail out banking frauds and rich men when they play casino games and go bust. Had they tried to get that passed the voter they would never have been elected. Either then or now.

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