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The Social Production of Welfare and Consumption of Social Services


  • Netten, Ann
  • Davies, Bleddyn


The social production of welfare provides a theoretical framework for the analysis of the consumption of social services and the impact of welfare policies. Based on the new home economics, it represents the unit of consumption as a unit of production of commodities. With the advent of disability this unit extends from the household to the informal care network. Social care agencies become involved when the production of basic commodities, such as nutrition and personal care, fall below threshold levels which threaten the survival of the informal care network. The social production of welfare allows comparisons across systems and provides the starting point for the development of tools for empirical analysis.

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  • Netten, Ann & Davies, Bleddyn, 1990. "The Social Production of Welfare and Consumption of Social Services," Journal of Public Policy, Cambridge University Press, vol. 10(3), pages 331-347, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:jnlpup:v:10:y:1990:i:03:p:331-347_00

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