The image of ‘insecurity’ which occurs in current sociological literature begins from a series of premises which many in the field of social policy would find difficult to accept. Giddens suggests that we are in a ‘post scarcity’ society, and that in the condition of post scarcity our attention has been focused on risks, real or imagined. He writes:

The welfare state cannot survive in its existing form…the current problems of the welfare state should not be seen as a fiscal crisis but one of the management of risk.