• A Foucauldian analysis of Old Age and the Power of Social Welfare

      Biggs, Simon; Powell, Jason; Melbourne University; University of Chester (Haworth Press, 2001-06-01)
      It is argued that the question of social welfare is a key, if often overlooked, component in the construction of power relations and identities in later life that can take its place next to debates on bioethics and consumer lifestyle. Foucault's (1977) claim, that identities are kept in place through the deployment of integrated systems of power and knowledge and a routine operation of surveillance and assessment, is critically examined in this context. Trends in social welfare in the United Kingdom are used as a case example that sheds light on wider contemporary issues associated with old age. Finally, implications for the creation of particular narratives about later life are discussed and grounded through Foucault's (1988) notion of "technologies of self."
    • A Genealogy of Old Age, Welfare and Professional Power

      Powell, Jason; Coventry University (Institute for Public Enterprise, 2013-12-29)
    • Social Welfare, Personal Budgets and Care

      Powell, Jason; University of Chester (Nova Science Publishers, 2011-08-06)
      Personalisation in British social care is linked to both the principle and process that every adult who receives support, whether provided by statutory services or funded by them, will have choice and control over the shape of that support in all care settings. This adult social care policy agenda is firmly focused on the development of personalisation of support. The overall aim is for social care service users to have control over how money allocated to their care is spent. This book examines the social welfare system in Britain, with a particular focus on personal budgets and the quality of care received.
    • The UK Welfare State System: With Special Reference to the Mental Health Care System

      Taylor, Paul J.; Powell, Jason; University of Chester (Routledge, 2017-01-13)
      This chapter explores the welfare state in the United Kingdom. We critically review its historiography, major institutions and contemporary issues relating to its sustainability. We draw out one feature of the welfare state via an in depth case study: its mental health care system focusing from the legacy of Thatcherism to the present.
    • The Welfare State in Post-industrial Society

      Powell, Jason; Hendricks, Joe; University of Chester; Oregon State University (Springer Verlag, 2009-09-15)
      In recent years, major social forces such as: aging populations, social trends, migration patterns, and the globalization of economies, have reshaped social welfare policies and practices across the globe. Multinational corporations, NGOs, and other international organizations have begun to influence social policy at a national and local level. Among the many ramifications of these changes is that globalizing influences may hinder the ability of individual nation-states to effect policies that are beneficial to them on a local level. With contributions from different countries worldwide, this collected work represents the first major comparative analysis on the effect of globalization on the international welfare state. The Welfare State in Post-Industrial Society is divided into two major sections: the first draws from a number of leading social welfare researchers from diverse countries who point to the nation-state as case studies; highlighting how it goes about establishing and revising social welfare provisions. The second portion of the volume then moves to a more global perspective in its analysis and questioning of the impact of globalisation on citizenship and marketization. A unique aspect of the volume is that all authors participated in an iterative process to identify a series of consensus themes that each author was then asked to integrate into their chapters as they were relevant.