A perspectival analysis of welfare states in the world is a challenging task, since the subject is vast and complex. Each country has its own story to tell in the context of its own historical background, the state of its economic development and the level of its people’s social and political consciousness. In spite of these perceptible difficulties, the subject merits deep and wide study. Giving shape within a democratic structure to a fully-fledged welfare state, first in Sweden and thereafter in Britain and the rest of Western Europe and across the Atlantic after the Second World War, was indeed a civilizational leap in human history. For the first time the welfare of common people became the central concern of the state.
KeywordsSocial Security Public Service Welfare State Public Expenditure Welfare System
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