Comparing human dignity in four welfare systems

Chak Kwan and Graham Bowpitt

in Human dignity and welfare systems

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9781861344311
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302551 | DOI:
Comparing human dignity in four welfare systems

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This chapter compares the welfare measures of the four systems studied in this book and examines their impact on the dignity of unemployed people. It then identifies the different welfare measures that suppress or enhance the dignity of welfare recipients. Since the unemployed are often politically and economically weak, the way these people are treated can say a lot about the nature of a welfare state, the social and economic positions of poor citizens, and its distribution of political power.

Keywords: welfare measures; impact; welfare recipients; nature; political power; distribution; social positions; economic positions

Chapter.  15757 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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