At the Margins of the Welfare State: Social Assistance and the Alleviation of Poverty in Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom
The persistence of poverty in advanced welfare states casts doubt on the fundamental operating procedures of income distribution and redistribution. What are the reasons for this apparent failure of the welfare state in alleviating poverty? Why are some countries more effective than others in this respect and what can explain these variations in effectiveness?
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The Redistributional Impact of the Welfare State
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