New Right - social policy

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  • New Right - social policy
    • Criticise existing policies for undermining the family
    • Argue that governments often weaken the family's self-reliance by providing welfare
    • MURRAY - benefits offer 'perverse incentives'
      • i.e. reward irresponsible or anti-social behaviour
        • e.g. growth of lone parent families encouraged y generous benefits
          • = more boys grow without male role model/ authority figure responsible for rise in crime rate in young boys
      • FEMINISTS  - argue New Right views are an attempt to justify traditional patriarchal family
      • Wrong to assume that the patriarchal nuclear family is 'natural' rather than socially constructed
      • Cutting benefits would drive poor families into deeper poverty


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