The State of Social Welfare
The Twentieth Century in Cross-National Review
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The state welfare dream was that citizenship would guarantee every individual a secure lifestyle, with a minimum degree of insecurity, and the wherewithal to develop to the greatest possible extent as individuals and as members of society. It is, Dixon and Scheurell argue, the most significant set of social institutions developed in the 20th century. Admittedly, it is one that had within it the seeds of its own potential destruction-the vicious circle of growing welfare dependency, increasing state control, deepening poverty, and the emergence of an intractable underclass-that has legitimized calls for the individualization of the social. Undoubtedly, this collection of essays on key states, charting the rise and fall of state welfare, examines a monumental 20th century event and will be of interest to scholars, researchers, and students involved with social welfare issues, as well as policy makers and concerned citizens.
Preface Australia by Michael Jones Brazil by Sonia Miriam Draibe Canada by John Graham France by Paul Spicker Sweden by Sven E. Olsson Hort The United Kingdom by Robert Page The United States by John M. Herrick and James Midgley Zimbabwe by Edwin Kasek Social Welfare in Transition: 1900 and 2000 by John Dixon and Robert P. Scheurell Index
ROBERT SCHEURELL is Associate Professor of Social Work, School of Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Professor Scheurell has published extensively on social welfare issues, including, with John Dixon, Social Security Programs: A Cross-Cultural Comparative Analysis (Greenwood Press, 1995).