By the same authors

From the same journal

From the same journal

Are judicial approaches to adult social care at a dead-end?

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Author(s)

Department/unit(s)

Publication details

JournalSocial & Legal Studies
DatePublished - Mar 2012
Issue number1
Volume21
Number of pages20
Pages (from-to)73-92
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This article examines the limits of law to resolve or transform the contemporary dilemmas provoked by the provision of social care to adults in the UK. It juxtaposes the judgments in two cases, each of which interrogates the legal consequences of the mixed economy of care: the majority and minority opinions of the House of Lords in YL v Birmingham City Council (2007) and the Care Standards Tribunal decision in Alternative Futures v National Care Standards Commission (2002). We read the opinions/decisions as narratives that tell a variety of stories reconciling the different roles of law, the state, the family and the individual in the provision of care. Drawing upon David Scott’s concern with ‘the conceptual problem of political presents and with how reconstructed pasts and anticipated futures are thought out in relation to them’ (2004: 1), we seek to examine legal responses to the contractions and mutations of social welfare.

Discover related content

Find related publications, people, projects, datasets and more using interactive charts.

View graph of relations