Turning inside out?: Globalization, neo-liberalism and welfare states

Clarke, John (2003). Turning inside out?: Globalization, neo-liberalism and welfare states. Anthropologica, 45(2) pp. 201–214.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2307/25606141

URL: http://www.anthropologica.ca/past_issues/vol45-2.h...


Apocalyptic accounts of globalization bringing about the end of the welfare state (and the nation state) have been countered by political-institutionalist views of adaptation. Such views treat globalization as an external force, or pressure, rather than a set of processes that are also internalized within nations. I argue that a more differentiated view of globalization can reveal how it has unsettled welfare state/nation-state formations. In the process, taken-for-granted meanings and boundaries of nation-state-welfare have been destabilized. I conclude by suggesting that these processes have made citizenship a distinctive focus of political tensions and conflicts.

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