Arguments for Welfare

The Welfare State and Social Policy
by Paul Spicker
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Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield International

Series: Rowman & Littlefield International - Policy Impacts

Publication Date: March 21, 2017

ISBN: 9781786603036

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This book makes the case for the welfare state. Nearly every government in the developed world offers some form of social protection, and measures to improve the social and economic well-being of its citizens. However, the provision of welfare is under attack. The critics argue that welfare states are illegitimate, that things are best left to the market, and that welfare has bad effects on the people who receive it. If we need to be reminded why we ought to have welfare, it is because so many people have come think that we should not.

Arguments for Welfare is a short, accessible guide to the arguments. Looking at the common ideas and reoccurring traits of welfare policy across the world it discusses:

·The Meaning of the 'Welfare State'

·The Moral Basis of Social Policy

·Social Responsibility

·The Limits of Markets

·Public Service Provision

·The Role of Government

With examples from around the world, the book explains why social welfare services should be provided and explores how the principles are applied. Most importantly, it argues for the welfare state's continued value to society. Arguments for Welfare is an ideal primer for practitioners keen to get to grips with the fundamentals of social policy and students of social policy, social work, sociology and politics.