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The ANNALS: Our Bimonthly Journal of Research

The Rise of the Regulatory Welfare State: The Use and Abuse of Social Regulation
Special Editors: David Levi-Faur and Avishai Benish
Vol. 691, September 2020

In volume 691 of The ANNALS, special editors David Levi-Faur and Avishai Benish, both of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, bring scholars together to explore the expansion of regulation in the welfare state and in social policy. Considering such crises as climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, the volume argues that policy-makers have turned increasingly to regulatory measures to promote welfare norms and outcomes. As a result, the regulatory welfare state is re-emerging.

With authors who are experts in regulation and governance in the context of social welfare, this volume challenges the welfare state vs. regulatory state dichotomy and addresses a broad range of welfare state domains from multiple perspectives. Further, the papers demonstrate that the reassertion of regulation and welfare is not only common in policies and grand designs, but also in the structure and expansion of the state itself.

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Orlando Patterson

2003 Ernest W. Burgess Fellow

Orlando Patterson is the John Cowles Professor of Sociology at Harvard University. He received his B.Sc. in Economics from London University and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the London School of Economics. After faculty appointments at the London School of Economics and the University of the West Indies, he moved to Harvard University in 1969–70 and was appointed Professor the following year. Between 1971 and 1973 he was also the Allston Burr Senior Tutor of Leverett House.

Patterson’s academic interests include the culture and practices of freedom; the comparative study of slavery and ethno-racial relations; and the cultural sociology of poverty and underdevelopment with special reference to the Caribbean and African American youth.  He has also written on the cultural sociology of sports, especially the game of cricket. Patterson is the author of numerous academic papers and several major academic books, including Slavery and Social Death (1982); Freedom in the Making of Western Culture (1991); The Ordeal of Integration (1997); The Cultural Matrix: Understanding Black Youth (2015); and The Confounding Island: Jamaica and the Postcolonial Predicament (2019).

For eight years (1972–79), Patterson was Special Advisor for Social Policy and Development to Prime Minister Michael Manley of Jamaica.  He was a founding member of Cultural Survival, one of the leading advocacy groups for the rights of indigenous peoples, and was for several years a board member of Freedom House, a major civic organization for the promotion of freedom and democracy around the world.

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