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.




This paper, on the welfare state, is a thematic paper for the project on social policies in small states, and is intended to sit alongside case studies on the delivery of social policy in these countries. Its purpose is to show how the characteristics of small states influence the pursuit of a welfare state by these countries. One of the most influential characteristics of small states is openness, where many citizens often migrate or receive remittances as a part of the overall welfare equation. Such countries are often recipients of overseas aid.


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