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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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This biography of Wisdom adds nuance to a robust Canadian welfare state historiography.
Here Palmer recounts the rarely told story of how Bismarck, the conservative master manipulator, introduced the welfare state in order to induce the German masses into conformity, cultivating their dependence on the state.
Dr Maqsooda Hussain interpreted the concept of a welfare state.
Through all of this, libertarians were making the lonely, principled argument against the welfare state, noting that a government that habitually takes from one to give to another hurts both.
The remaining essays examine the ways that welfare benefits contribute to social capital in the form of generalized trust; individual and group differences in terms of criticism of the welfare state; the breadth, locus, and origin of criticism; and the role of religious affiliation and secularization in support for the welfare state.
According to figures published by the Government, the national benefits bill in 1948-49 - once the new welfare state was up and running - was the equivalent of PS13.
The atmosphere of solidarity and unity that accompanied the construction of the welfare state during the postwar period has now given way to colder feelings of mistrust, and (http://www.
Asbjorn Wahl, The Rise and Fall of the Welfare State, Pluto Press, London, 2011.
The welfare state | The first factor, and usual suspect, is the size and cost of the European welfare state, but it must not be exaggerated.
Now those same masses, who rely heavily on the welfare state, either for the services it provides or for employment, are having to bear the cost of bailing out the deregulated bankers (another of Thatcher's master strokes).
When watching a TV programme about the welfare state I was shocked when I heard a man from Middlesbrough say that he did not want a job because he wanted to stay at home and watch his children grow up.
I believe this was to show the armed services that they were fighting for the Welfare State.