Hazel KemshallTraditionally, need has been the major mechanism for allocating resources in public services and social policy texts have addressed various state responses to social problems and the alleviation of need. However, in a period of state retrenchment and welfare restriction, rationing and targeting have become more intense. This hook explores the extent to which, as a result, risk and vulnerability have replaced need as the key principles of welfare rationing and provision. It examines the relevance of risk to social policy and welfare developments.
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