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Labour Organisation and the Welfare State: a Cross-national Analysis

  • John D. Stephens
Part of the New Studies in Sociology book series

Abstract

We have claimed that the growth of the welfare state is a product of the growing strength of labour in civil society and that it represents a step toward socialism. This claim is the key to our contention that a parliamentary road to socialism is a possibility and, indeed, is under way. If our opponents are correct in their assertions that reforms have achieved nothing or that the socialist movement is not responsible for the growth of the welfare state, then our theory falls On the other hand, if we can present empirical evidence to show that labour organisation is responsible for the growth of the welfare state and a redistribution of income and control, then our position will be considerably strengthened. We now turn to that task.

Keywords

Welfare State Trade Union Public Spending Union Membership Labour Organisation 
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© John D. Stephens 1979

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