Aims to review the issues raised by the state provision of social benefits and to examine the principles on which their provision may be deemed to rest.
Part 1 Issues and objectives, Thomas Wilson and Dorothy Wilson.
Part 2 Questions of principle:
Welfare philosophies and welfare finance, Alan Peacock.
The welfare state - a public choice perspective,Jack Wiseman.
Welfare and the enterprise society, Raymond Plant.
Joint goods and benefits in kind - paternalism and liberalism in action, Alan Ryan.
Part 3 Questions of practice:
Constraints, Charles Carter.
A national minimum? - a history of ambiguity in the determination of benefit scales in Britain, A.B.Atkinson.
The objectives and attainments of pension schemes, Nicholas Barr.
Part 4 Some issues of policy in Europe:
Social policy and the European community, Steen Mangen.
The welfare state in Russia, Alastair McAlley.
Lessons from Sweden,Ann-Charlotte Stahlberg.
Part 5 Shaping the course of policy:
Principle, process and policy, Albert Weale.
Is there scope for change?, Peter Barclay.
Two Westminster perspectives on welfare policies, Frank Field and Timothy Raid.
On rediscovering the middle way, Robert Pinthurst.
Appendix: Social security in the UK.