Post-welfare state governance: Towards a code of social and family responsibility

W Larner

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Towards a Code of Social and Family Responsibility is a public discussion document sent by the New Zealand government to all households in early 1998. Analysis of the document is used to ask questions about post-welfare stare forms of social governance and their implications. Drawing from the governmentality literature, I show the proposed code can be understood as a hybrid assemblage of neoliberal and neoconservative forms of rule. These different regimes of power have specific implications for post-welfare state social relations. Neoliberalism incorporates elements of feminism and antiracism, whereas neoconservatism reinscribes more familiar forms of social relations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244-265
Number of pages22
JournalSocial Politics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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