Welfare State

A. Klimczuk, Welfare State, [in:] B. Turner, P. Kivisto, W. Outhwaite, C. Kyung-Sup, C. Epstein, J.M. Ryan (eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory, Wiley-Blackwell, London 2017, pp. 1-5, doi: 10.1002/9781118430873.est0406

Posted: 6 Mar 2018 Last revised: 30 Mar 2018

Date Written: November 30, 2017

Abstract

The welfare state refers to a concept of a state that focuses on ensuring that a broad range of social rights is provided for all citizens by acting on the social mechanisms and consequences of the market economy. In such a state government plays a vital role in balancing social inequalities by providing or subsidizing social benefits and services. This activity is called social policy. Individual countries are characterized by different welfare state models, goals, values, and groups of beneficiaries. Such a state usually supports a recovery from the difficult situation of the population, which is not, itself, able to take care of their basic needs.

Keywords: justice, poverty, poverty level, social problems, state

JEL Classification: D69

Suggested Citation

Klimczuk, Andrzej, Welfare State (November 30, 2017). A. Klimczuk, Welfare State, [in:] B. Turner, P. Kivisto, W. Outhwaite, C. Kyung-Sup, C. Epstein, J.M. Ryan (eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory, Wiley-Blackwell, London 2017, pp. 1-5, doi: 10.1002/9781118430873.est0406 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3125107

Andrzej Klimczuk (Contact Author)

Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) ( email )

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Warsaw, Mazowieckie 02-554
Poland

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