Welfare State and Welfare Society: Illusion and Reality, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Welfare State and Welfare Society

Illusion and Reality, 1st Edition

By William Alexander Robson


180 pages

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Originally published in 1976, Welfare State and Welfare Society breaks away from the prevailing notion that the welfare state is mainly concerned with the well-being of the entire nation. The book distinguishes the welfare state from the welfare society, and shows that there is often a yawning gulf between public policy and how people feel, think and behave. The book examines critically, the policies which have been adopted or advocated as relevant to a welfare state, and inquires how far the hopes and expectations centred on it have been realised.

Table of Contents


1. The Nature of the Welfare State

2. Welfare State Principles and Policies

3. Social Attitudes in the Welfare State

4. Equality and Affluence

5. Human Values in the Welfare State

6. Growth and the Environment

7. Economic Policy in the Welfare State

8. Achievement and Shortfall

9. Conclusions: Welfare State and Welfare Society


About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Welfare and the State

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1940 and 1994, draw together research by leading academics in the area of welfare and the state, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines the concepts of welfare in relation to the state through the areas of policy making, social administration, class division and social inequality, social policy and privatization, whilst also exploring the general principles and practices of the welfare state in various countries. This set will be of particular interest to students of sociology, politics, economics, social work respectively.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General