- Neoliberal turn in economic policy involved an attack on the welfare state in some countries but not in others (…) In Britain, where the crisis was diagnosed as one of Keynesianism, neoliberalism emerged as a radical antiKeynesian movement that sought to dismantle major Keynesian institutions and policies. In this context, the welfare state, a fundamental Keynesian institution, was identified as a part of the ‘problem,’ and became subject to the neoliberal ‘solution.’ - Basak Kus, University of California, Berkeley, USA
- Neoliberalism displaces established models of welfare provision and state regulation through policies of privatization and de-regulation. - Clive Barnett, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University, Milton Keynes
- The welfare state has been under pressure since the mid-1980s and the onset of neoliberal economic policies across Europe. Capital has used the current crisis to intensify this pressure further. (In) the UK too, drastic cuts are justified by reference to increasing national debt and the global financial crisis. - Andreas Bieler, Professor of Political Economy at the University of Nottingham
The welfare state juggernaut keeps swelling and bloating in most countries. Its end is, sadly, nowhere near as close as advertised.