Welfare or Welfare State?

Contradictions and Dilemmas in Social Policy

  • David┬áMarsland

About this book


Throughout the modernized world, a massive, bureaucratic apparatus of state welfare has been built up since the 1940s. This book examines the major deficiencies of the welfare state: the incoherence of its underlying philosophy; its redundancy in an era of prosperity and progress; its costs; its inefficiency; and the harm it does to those it should help by driving them into underclass dependency. Practical proposals for radical reform are outlined, combining self-reliance, privatization, and a new deal for the deprived and disadvantaged.


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Authors and affiliations

  • David┬áMarsland
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Evaluation ResearchBrunel University CollegeLondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-349-24576-5
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1996
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-0-333-63113-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-24576-5
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