Assessing the Structure of Small Welfare States

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This book highlights the advantages and problems of school size, paying particular attention to social, economic and educational issues. It draws on a wide body of literature from both prosperous and less developed countries, and digests it into a readable and readily available form. As well as highlighting the overall issues, it makes practical suggestions on ways to improve costeffectiveness.




Looking in very small developing countries for replication of the Scandinavian model of a welfare state may result in disappointment, if credence is given to the proposition in this paper that there is a qualitative threshold of smallness around the one million population mark below which social, economic and political formations acquire a distinctive character. The classic welfare states of Europe are large relative to the group of states and territories that are the subject of this paper.


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