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.
Consequently, theories pertaining to welfare states
and the impact of social change had to rely on conjectures rather than empirical support.
Identifying five 'evils' in society that the state could remedy - disease, squalor, idleness, ignorance and want - the report was hugely influential amongst the general public, and that popular will led to the establishment of the welfare state
as we know it.
Asbjorn Wahl, The Rise and Fall of the Welfare State
, Pluto Press, London, 2011.
We can distinguish three ways to run a welfare state
(or any interventionist state for that matter):
Daly tries to demonstrate the links among all of these, though her focus is tilted towards the welfare state
Indeed, even if the politicians were not motivated by ulterior motives, it is possible that their policies will produce a situation where the weaker and less privileged sections of society might, against the core principles of social democratic welfare states
, be stigmatised and blamed for depending on others to carry them.
In Never Enough, William Voegeli examines the welfare state
, its history in America, and arguments for and against its existence.
There seems to be a strong tension, though, between Pimpare's point that a welfare state
is good political economy, his recognition of multiple welfare states
throughout history, and his strong emphasis on continuity in the experience of the poor in America.
At the same time, this makes reform changes more or less necessary simply because of the path-dependency of the developments of the welfare states
This claim has been largely discredited as evidence of the survival of welfare states
has mounted (e.
Indeed, it is sometimes argued that, to the extent that generous welfare states
reduce post-tax and transfer inequality, they simply make up for the damage done to pre-tax and transfer inequality levels.