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.



Defining and Characterising the Welfare State

The welfare state emerged historically as a top-down solution to the problem of how to secure social protection and security in the context of an urbanised capitalist economy, with large numbers of wage labourers subjected to the depersonalising forces of a commodified labour market, and faced with serious hardship if paid employment was lost for reasons outside the worker’s control (for example, injury, sickness, firm closures or layoffs in a recession).


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