Welfare or Welfare State?

Contradictions and Dilemmas in Social Policy

  • David┬áMarsland

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

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