The Welfare State: A General Theory
A major orginal work of social theory, this book presents a distinctive and tightly argued theoretical model for understanding the basis of welfare in society.
The author develops a theory of welfare based on a series of basic propositions: that people live in society and have obligations to each other; that welfare is obtained and maintained through social action; and that the welfare state is a means of promoting and maintaining welfare in society. Each of these propositions is examined and developed to suggest a clear way of understanding the foundations of social welfare.
The book make a lively and informative contribution to debates in social policy, as well as moral philosophy, political theory and social theory.
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Part I People and Society
Chapter I1 The Person
Chapter I2 Society
Chapter I3 Solidarity
Chapter I4 The Moral Community
Part II Welfare
Chapter II1 The Nature of Welfare
Chapter II4 Welfare and Redistribution
Part III The State and Welfare
Chapter III1 The Role of the State
Chapter III2 The Welfare States
Chapter III3 Social Policy
Chapter III4 State Action
Summary of the Argument