21 Critical Soc. Pol'y 5 (2001)

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Editorial



With  this issue CSP publishes a new editorial statement for the new
millennium.  This  does not signify radical change in the form  and
content of the journal. It is an update which  reflects the changing
times. The purpose  of such a statement is to indicate to readers and
contributors that the Editorial Collective has a distinct and inclusive
position on the aims of the journal. It may be worth describing briefly
the context and the evolution of our editorial view.
    CSP was  conceived at the end of the 1970s by a group of socialists
and socialist feminists, who tried to address the issues facing 'practi-
tioners' in the welfare state-workers  and  users alike-as  well as
addressing the academic  audience. The  1970s had  witnessed an up-
surge of welfare movements   which  challenged Labourism   and One
Nation Toryism,  including trade union activism among public service
workers and professionals, the anti-Nazi struggles, squatting, occupa-
tion of closing hospitals, the Women's Liberation Movement   and so
on. These  challenges were reflected in the academic study of social
policy with the publication of Marxist and socialist feminist critiques
of British social policy. The 1970s  ended  with  the shock  of the
election of the first Thatcher government,  which  was immediately
recognized as a huge defeat for the left and a setback for the 'new' and
'old' social movements.
    The original editorial statement published in the first issue in the
summer  of 1981  therefore began with two discourses very much in its
sights-Fabianism   and the New   Right. Fabianism  was a convenient
label for the gradualism and reformism associated with the post war
welfare state, which had failed to reduce poverty and class inequality,
had  underinvested  in public services and had  not addressed  with
sufficient vigour the needs and oppressions of many groups, particu-
larly women  and  ethnic minorities. The rise of the New Right  was
correctly understood as a significantly greater threat to social justice
and social welfare. The original editorial statement also made a com-
mitment  to 'encourage contributions from a plurality of perspectives',
which  meant going well beyond  the 'class analysis' of the Marxist and
socialist conventions, to include policy analysis inspired by  non-
socialist feminism, the gay and lesbian movement,  the green move-
ment, anti-racism and the movements  of disabled people, for example.

    Copyright @ 2001 Critical Social Policy Ltd 66 0261-1083(200102) 21:1
    SAGE Publications (London, Thousand Oaks, CA and New Delhi), Vol. 21(1): 5-6; 015832.


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