The assets agenda and social policy

Prabhakar, Rajiv (2009). The assets agenda and social policy. Social Policy and Administration, 43(1) pp. 54–69.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9515.2008.00646.x

Abstract

The assets agenda or asset-based welfare has provoked much interest in recent times. This approach insists that the stock of assets that a person owns is an important element of well-being. The assets agenda is not a unified body of thought. However, there is a common failure to distinguish between these different parts and this clouds rather than clarifies debates. This paper seeks to add analytical clarity to current debates about asset-based welfare. I distinguish between social policy and citizenship, and consider their implications for social policy. This discussion is important because analytical clarity is a precondition for a balanced assessment of asset-based welfare.

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