from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A social system whereby the state assumes primary responsibility for the welfare of its citizens, as in matters of health care, education, employment, and social security.
- n. A nation in which such a system operates.
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- n. a social system in which the state takes overall responsibility for the welfare of its citizens, providing health care, education, unemployment compensation and social security
- n. a state or nation in which such a system operates
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- n. a government that undertakes responsibility for the welfare of its citizens through programs in public health and public housing and pensions and unemployment compensation etc.
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Still, the conservative revolution that Reagan helped usher in gained traction because Reagan’s central insight-that the liberal welfare state had grown complacent and overly bureaucratic, with Democratic policy makers more obsessed with slicing the economic pie than with growing the pie-contained a good deal of truth.
This program of the Norwegian conservative-center government embodied a desire to move away from the “corporatist” organizational basis of the welfare state that had evolved in Norway since 1945.
Mr. Meltzer omitted to thoroughly address the difficulty of changing a welfare state once it is established.
The modern welfare state has to a large extent assumed a shared information base and a rational, fact-oriented style Ruin, 1982.
Since the 1940s, many populist governments, including Peron's, have been transforming Argentina into a welfare state where the government—not the private sector—is the lifeline of the country.