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Welfare State

The concept in which a government is or views itself as responsible for providing some minimum economic security for citizens. For example, the government may guarantee housing, work and a minimum income for all citizens. Less comprehensively, a government may provide income during periods of unemployment or poverty. Most governments have a welfare state to some degree. Proponents view welfare states as a form of economic justice. Critics contend that they are detrimental to GDP growth and promote needless dependency.

welfare state

a country that provides comprehensive SOCIAL-SECURITY BENEFITS such as state health services, state retirement pensions, unemployment and sickness benefits, etc. See TRANSFER PAYMENTS, GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE.
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Understanding why and how policies change and whether the changes make a difference is a core area of welfare state research.
In attempting to roll back the welfare state, conservatives may not be any more successful in the future than they have been in the past (though how will they know unless they try), but they should stand for limited government and individual liberty simply because it is the right thing to do.
Globalization appears to have very different effects on welfare states, depending on their geopolitical position and the relationship between their domestic politics and global politics.
The report for the Foundation's ongoing Intergenerational Commission looked at what people put in and take out from the welfare state over their lifetime.
He stressed the need for right type of direction, education, continuity of policies and leadership could help Pakistan making a prosperous and welfare state.
As the world is reviewing the effects of the Bolshevik or Soviet Revolution after completion of a century (1917 2017), the concept of welfare state has to be revisited.
This biography of Wisdom adds nuance to a robust Canadian welfare state historiography.
Chapter five targets the spirit of consensus that has characterized the country's political leadership under democracy; even right-wing and classical liberal parties have fundamentally been in support of the development of the welfare state and taken part in its expansion.
Palmer and the other authors use mind-boggling figures to show just how absurdly bloated and mismanaged the modern welfare state is today, with the U.
A welfare state is an idea of government in which the state plays a major role in the promotion and protection of the economic and social well-being of its people.
The objective of this paper is to emphasize the gradual marketization of the Swedish welfare state, Nordic unity on issues of human rights, welfare and politics, the capacities of local government within the array of specific policy sectors, and Sweden's tradition of health promoting public policies.
Overview of the literature about welfare state policies towards care by family members.