States and Welfare States

Government for the People

By Paul Spicker

Published

Nov 1, 2022

Page count

176 pages

ISBN

978-1447367369

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Nov 1, 2022

Page count

176 pages

ISBN

978-1447367376

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
States and Welfare States

Most governments in the world – including many that are autocratic or authoritarian - have taken responsibility for social policy and elected to develop services in health, education and social security. This book explores the role of government and the state in the contemporary world and, considering a range of theories and evidence, discusses views about government responsibility for social welfare services.

Applying political theory to social policy, this book seeks to address a set of key questions: What responsibilities do governments have towards their populations? What ought they do and what not? How can they do things better?

Paul Spicker is Emeritus Professor of Public Policy at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. His research has included studies of poverty, need, disadvantage and service delivery. His books on social policy for Policy Press have discussed poverty, social security and the theory of social policy, and include a leading textbook, ‘Social Policy: Theory and Practice’.

1. Introduction: The State, and What It Has Become

Part 1: On Government

2. Government

3. Public Policy

4. The State and Civil Society

5. Global Public Policy

Part 2: Salus Populi Suprema Lex: The Welfare of the People Is the Highest Law

6. The Scope of Legitimate Action

7. Welfare

8. Which People?

9. The Commitment to Welfare

10. Disputed Principles

11. The Duties of a Government