The Welfare State

Jacob S. Hacker

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548460
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

The Welfare State

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This article provides a review of the avenues of inquiry that students of the welfare state have recently pursued. These recent works have collectively and individually testified to the huge progress that has occurred. This article emphasizes writings on the American welfare state, which has provoked several of the liveliest scholarly debates of the past ten years. The five areas of recent debate are included in the discussion, namely: gender and social policy, the interplay of public and private benefits, race and the welfare state, the politics of welfare and state reform, and the role of business.

Keywords: welfare state; American welfare state; scholarly debate; gender; social policy; state reform; role of business; public benefits; private benefits; race

Article.  9705 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Comparative Politics

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