Solidarity in Health and Social Care in Europe

  • Ruud ter Meulen
  • Wil Arts
  • Ruud Muffels

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 69)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Solidarity, Health and Social Care in Europe Introduction to the Volume

    1. Ruud ter Meulen, Wil Arts, Ruud Muffels
      Pages 1-11
  3. Solidarity As A Public Value Empirical Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Josette Gevers, John Gelissen, Wil Arts, Ruud Muffels
      Pages 41-76
    3. Åke Bergmark, Elisabet Lindberg, Mats Thorslund
      Pages 77-105
    4. Malcolm Johnson, Lesley Cullen
      Pages 107-131
    5. Christiano Gori, Nicola Pasini
      Pages 133-157
    6. Adalbert Evers, Martina Klein
      Pages 159-188
    7. Kai Leichsenring, Gerhard Majce, Sabine Pleschberger
      Pages 189-227
    8. Jan van der Made, Ruud ter Meulen, Masja van den Burg
      Pages 229-253
  4. Solidarity As A Moral Concept Philosophical Issues

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 479-506

About this book


OF 'SOLIDARITY' IN UK SOCIAL WELFARE Here then, perhaps, is a British version of solidarity in social welfare, but early there are strong tensions between the powerfully liberal individualistic strands of the British understanding of the functions of the state and the socialistic or communitarian tendency of a commitment to universal welfare provision. In the search for the roots of this understanding of welfare we shall survey, fitst, the historical background to these tensions in some early British political philosophers, starting with Hobbes and ending with Mill. We then consider the philosophical and social influences on the Beveridge Report itself, and we will trace the emergence of the philosophy of the welfare state in the era following the Second World War. Finally we consider the contemporary debate, as it relates to the 'Third Way' thinking of New Labour. 2. A mSTORICAL SKETCH In the previous section we observed that the philosophy underlying the Beveridge Report could be described as 'liberal collectivism'. What are the historical antecedents of this strange amalgam of individualism and collectivism? Within the short scope of this chapter, any account of the philosophical history must be little more than a sketch, but we can perhaps understand most debates in British socio-political thought as a continuing dialogue with the well known claim of Thomas Hobbes in Leviathan that all political institutions are founded on egoistic motives.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Ruud ter Meulen
    • 1
  • Wil Arts
    • 2
  • Ruud Muffels
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Bioethics, Department of Caring SciencesUniversity of MaastrichtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social SciencesUniversity of Tilburg KUBThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of Organisation Studies, Policy Sciences and SociologyUniversity of Tilburg KUBThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5887-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9743-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0376-7418
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