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Building Better Social ProgramsHow Evidence Is Transforming Public Policy$
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David Stoesz

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190945572

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190945572.001.0001

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The Welfare State on Autopilot

The Welfare State on Autopilot

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(p.17) Chapter 1 The Welfare State on Autopilot
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Building Better Social Programs
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David Stoesz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190945572.003.0002

The Welfare State emerged during industrialization as a means to ensure the protection of citizens from illness, unemployment, and destitution. Yet, government social program commitments vary across nations, with some less affluent countries performing better than their more affluent counterparts, as demonstrated in league tables. Originating in medicine, the evidence-based policy movement has extended to the social arena, showing how public investments can produce public benefit. However, reviewing extant programs with regard to efficacy and efficiency has lagged.

Keywords:   welfare state, evidence-based programs, social care

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