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The Scope of Government$
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Ole Borre and Elinor Scarbrough

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294740

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198294743.001.0001

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The Welfare State: The Security Dimension

The Welfare State: The Security Dimension

(p.198) 8 The Welfare State: The Security Dimension
The Scope of Government

Per Arnt Pettersen

Oxford University Press

The basic question for analysis in this chapter is whether people prefer that security benefits such as state pension schemes, public health services, and unemployment benefits should expand, continue as they are, or diminish. The chapter reviews the historical development of welfare and benefit provision from the self‐confident 1960s, through the stagnation of the 1970s, through to the austerity of the 1980s. It then examines which demographic and social groupings are likely to support or oppose the expansion of security provision by the welfare state, and the nature of the connections between public perceptions and party‐political positions on welfare policies.

Keywords:   pension schemes, public health services, security benefits, unemployment benefits, welfare state, Western Europe

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