Production and the welfare state

The political context of reforms

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This article is an analysis of the political context of reforms in the production process and in the welfare state. The theories of legitimation and Fordism are critized for considering the capitalist class the main force behind the reforms. The working class and the process of class struggle are primarily responsible for changes in production and for the establishment of the welfare state. The author then shows that the changes in production and in the state that occurred after World War II were a response to political events triggered by labor's rebellions and capital's need to respond to those rebellions. Post-Fordism and the political practice that derives from it are criticized for their hasty dismissal of class and class practices by the dominated forces in society. The article ends by offering an alternative strategy for change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)585-614
Number of pages30
JournalInternational Journal of Health Services
Volume21
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1991

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World War II
welfare state
Economics
post-Fordism
fordism
class struggle
reform
dismissal
legitimation
production process
working class
labor
event
Society

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  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing(all)
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Professions(all)

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Production and the welfare state : The political context of reforms. / Navarro, Vicente.

In: International Journal of Health Services, Vol. 21, No. 4, 1991, p. 585-614.

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