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Co-occurrence of equality and prosperity? On the instrumental role of social policy in evolving welfare state
Sociological Studies,2019,Vol 34,No. 05
By reviewing changes to welfare state, this paper attempts to explain how social policy as a tool balances economic development and social equality. It is realized that during the period of capitalist industrialization, “welfare state model” was successful because “de-commodification” of labor force, which was the core of the “welfare state model,” helped realize “common interests” of economic growth and social equality. However, since the 1980s and in the context of new situation, the strategy of “de-commodification” of labor force by welfare state has failed to deal with new problems, which has not only hindered economic development, but also stalled social equality. The “common interests” of economy and society in the new context require social policy to shift to the “re-commodification” of labor. This kind of shift trend is irresistible, but it indicates threats from liberalism and globalization.