An ‘authoritarian neoliberal’ approach to child welfare and protection?

Nigel Parton


Recent years have seen significant changes in the organisation and focus of children’s services in many advanced ‘western’ societies. While this has varied in different jurisdictions (see for example Gilbert, Parton & Skivenes, 2011), we can identify one set of developments which have become increasingly evident in certain countries and which is perhaps illustrated at its sharpest in England with the emergence of, what I call, an authoritarian neoliberal approach to child welfare and protection (Parton, 2014).


neoliberalism; child welfare; child protection

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Gilbert, N., Parton, N. & Skivenes, M. (Eds.). (2011). Child Protection Systems: International Trends and Orientations. New York: Oxford University Press.

Parton, N. (2014). The Politics of Child Protection: Contemporary Developments and Future Direction. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Wacquant, L. (2009). Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.



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