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p. 1339. The indispensable welfare statelocked

  • David Garland

Abstract

‘The indispensable welfare state’ concludes that the welfare state is a fundamental dimension of modern government, integral to the economic functioning and social health of capitalist societies. Welfare regimes can take various forms, and can be more or less effective, but a welfare state of some description is a vital part of any modern nation. The last hundred years show that welfare state government can succeed in civilizing and democratizing the stupendous power of capitalist enterprise. Critics describe the welfare state as a hindrance to economic and social vitality, but this VSI suggests the exact contrary: that the welfare state is an essential means of sustaining that vitality.

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