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Can the Welfare State Survive?

Andrew Gamble



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Polity Press
11 March 2016
Welfare & benefit systems; Central government policies; Welfare economics
After the most serious economic crash since the 1930s and the slowest recovery on record, austerity rules. Spending on the welfare state did not cause the crisis, but deep cuts in welfare budgets has become the default policy response. The welfare state is seen as a burden on wealth creation which can no longer be afforded in an ever more competitive global economy. There are calls for it to be dismantled altogether.

In this incisive book, leading political economist Andrew Gamble explains why western societies still need generous inclusive welfare states for all their citizens, and are rich enough to provide them. Welfare states can survive, he argues, but only if there is the political will to reform them and to fund them.
By:   Andrew Gamble
Imprint:   Polity Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 189mm,  Width: 123mm,  Spine: 11mm
Weight:   152g
ISBN:   9780745698748
ISBN 10:   0745698743
Series:   Global Futures
Pages:   152
Publication Date:   11 March 2016
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction 1. The life and times of the welfare state 2. The battle of ideas 3. Four challenges 4. A future for the welfare state Further reading

Andrew Gamble is Emeritus Professor of Politics at Queens' College, Cambridge

Reviews for Can the Welfare State Survive?

This is an incredibly useful book, on a subject that could not be more important. Progress

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