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The Assessment: The Future of the Welfare State

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  • Dilnot, Andrew
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    The welfare state is highly diverse and relatively new. Throughout the developed world there are suggestions of crisis, although the nature of the crisis is often ill defined. Pressures to increase spending exist and are powerful, both because of demographic and social change, and because of increasing expectations. But the common suggestion that we cannot afford the welfare state is misleading. The appropriate question is whether or not we are willing to engage in increasing amounts of redistribution. Simply shifting responsibilities to the private sector will do little unless we change our distributional goals, and by making public provision more redistributive, may make taxation less popular than it is already. Copyright 1995 by Oxford University Press.

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    Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Oxford Review of Economic Policy.

    Volume (Year): 11 (1995)
    Issue (Month): 3 (Autumn)
    Pages: 1-10

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    Handle: RePEc:oup:oxford:v:11:y:1995:i:3:p:1-10

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    1. Riphahn, Regina T., 1998. "Income and Employment Effects of Health Shocks - A Test Case for the German Welfare State," IZA Discussion Papers 10, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Thanasis Maniatis, 2003. "The net social wage in greece 1958-95," International Review of Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 17(4), pages 377-398.

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