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Welfare, Right and the State

A Framework for Thinking, 1st Edition

By David P. Levine


154 pages

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This book develops a creative theoretical framework for understanding the welfare state: the theory of the state and the idea of welfare connected to autonomy.

Written by a well-known expert of political economy and welfare, it explores the nature of welfare and connects welfare not to basic needs, but to what Levine refers to as the capacity to lead the self-made life, considering different ways of grounding the claim that providing for the welfare of citizens might be considered a duty of the state.

Among the ideas explored are:

  • shared membership in a community
  • rights
  • compassion
  • and security.

Welfare, Right and the State will be of interest to academics and advanced students working in the field of social administration, sociology, political science, economics, philosophy, international studies and social work.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Part 1 2. Welfare and the Self-Made Life Part 2 3. The Theory of Need 4. Right as Freedom 5. Welfare and the State 6. The Free Market 7. Recognition and the Self

About the Author


David P. Levine is Professor of Economics in the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in International Political Economy

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory