Colonialism, postcolonialism and the liberal welfare state

Bhambra, Gurminder K and Holmwood, John (2018) Colonialism, postcolonialism and the liberal welfare state. New Political Economy, 23 (5). pp. 574-587. ISSN 1356-3467

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This article addresses the colonial and racial origins of the welfare state with a particular emphasis on the liberal welfare state of the USA and UK. Both are understood in terms of the centrality of the commodified status of labour power expressing a logic of market relations. In contrast, we argue that with a proper understanding of the relations of capitalism and colonialism, the sale of labour power as a commodity already represents a movement away from the commodified form of labour represented by enslavement. European colonialism is integral to the development of welfare states and their forms of inclusion and exclusion which remain racialised through into the twenty-first century.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
School of Global Studies > International Relations
Depositing User: Sharon Krummel
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2018 09:39
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2019 01:00

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