Some Reflections on Clifford’s “The War on Disabled People”: Capitalism, Welfare and the Making of a Human Catastrophe - Giuliana Parodi - Vita e Pensiero - Articolo Rivista internazionale di Scienze Sociali

Some Reflections on Clifford’s “The War on Disabled People”: Capitalism, Welfare and the Making of a Human Catastrophe

digital Some Reflections on Clifford’s “The War on Disabled People”:
Capitalism, Welfare and the Making of a Human Catastrophe
Article
Journal RIVISTA INTERNAZIONALE DI SCIENZE SOCIALI
Issue RIVISTA INTERNAZIONALE DI SCIENZE SOCIALI - 2022 - 2. A Special Issue on “Economics of Disability”
Title Some Reflections on Clifford’s “The War on Disabled People”: Capitalism, Welfare and the Making of a Human Catastrophe
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Publisher Vita e Pensiero
Format Article | Pdf
Online da 06-2022
Doi 10.26350/000518_000098
Issn 0035-676X (print) | 1827-7918 (digital)
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The review of the book by Ellen Clifford The War on Disabled People (2020), focussing on the UK, prompts reflections on other recently published books on disability, i.e. Ryan’s Crippled (2019), again on the UK, Cullinan and others (2015) The Economics of Disability, on Ireland, and Agovino and others (2020) Aspetti Socioeconomici della disabilità: lavoro, reddito e politiche, about Italy. Despite the very different contexts and methodology of analysis, the findings of these books consistently show the inferior position of disabled people in western societies with respect to the labour market, income levels and risk of poverty. This situation has been exacerbated by the austerity imposed after the 2008 crisis, both financially and in terms of reduced services provided by local authorities. These results appear to confirm the view that the inferior situation of disabled people points to a systemic social problem, which only a deep transformative process can alter.

keywords

Disability, Public finance, Poverty.

Author biography

Giuliana Parodi, Former Professor at the Università “G. d’Annunzio” di Chieti-Pescara, Pescara. Email: giulianaparodi5@gmail.com.

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