In a forward looking appraisal of the welfare state, Poverty, Welfare and the Disciplinary State examines such issues as:
*the current dynamics of poverty in Britain, drawing on similar developments in Europe and the US
*the major areas of social policy within which this abandonment and demonisation of the poor is taking place
*the historical antecendents to this relationship between the state and the poor
*the creation and expansion of a 'welfare' state that characterised the era of social democracy until the mid-1970s and from the point of view of the poor, was limited and conditional
*the ideology and organisation of the New Right
*the new terrain on which the struggle over the future of welfare and social policy must take place.