Serving the public or delivering public services? Religion and social welfare in the new British social policy landscape
Jawad, R., 2012. Serving the public or delivering public services? Religion and social welfare in the new British social policy landscape. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 20 (1), pp. 55-68.
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Religion appears as a dormant actor in British social policy, yet since the early 1990s its role in public service provision has become more prominent. What can a religious perspective bring to our understanding of human wellbeing - especially as the idea of the Big Society opens up new normative landscapes? In response, this article outlines some policy and practice issues, namely that religious welfare provision: is key to a more historically accurate account of British social policy; challenges utilitarian notions of wellbeing; is a potentially good example of the Big Society; and is able to reconcile its secular public service provision role with its religious identity and mission to serve the public.
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