The Welfare State: A General Theory

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A major orginal work of social theory, this book presents a distinctive and tightly argued theoretical model for understanding the basis of welfare in society.

The author develops a theory of welfare based on a series of basic propositions: that people live in society and have obligations to each other; that welfare is obtained and maintained through social action; and that the welfare state is a means of promoting and maintaining welfare in society. Each of these propositions is examined and developed to suggest a clear way of understanding the foundations of social welfare.

The book make a lively and informative contribution to debates in social policy, as well as moral philosophy, political theory a

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Paul Spicker is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Dundee. He is the author of a number of leading texts in social policy, including Principles of Social Welfare (1988) and Social Policy (1995).

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`Students will find it useful and fellow academics will find much to support their work and to react againist' -Housing Studies `This book will stimulate thought on crucial questions, and for that we can be appreciative. The attempt to lay out the propositions of welfare in their barest form, and demonstrate their relations, is novel and challenging... Lecturers could find it an endless source of stimulating essay topics. For readers new to the debate about welfare it provides a fine teething ring on which to practice chewing these perennially fascinating questions' - British Journal of Social Work Not to be used yet `Sparkles with insights, astute observations and witty aphorisms. It is very readable. Spicker has provided a highly original, idiosyncartic and challenging book, It will be widely read and debated' - Robert Pinker, affil?

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