Troubles of the Welfare State

Troubles of the Welfare State

Such as it is in the United States, the welfare state, a term for which exegesis will soon be supplied, came under intense fire even before the OPEC coup slowed economic growth, upset a precarious political detente over the size and direction of social spending, set off a dangerous inflation, and precipitated a current crisis of governmental legitimacy that has paralyzed presidential and congressional responses. For reasons to be examined, social spending, and especially programs aimed at the difficulties of low-income Americans, had reached the point at which either retreat or significant institutional change was becoming unavoidable. Although for the time being a majority of the American public appears to prefer the first choice, there is reason to believe and hope that in the longer run the future of the welfare state, in an extensively altered political context, is much less dismal….

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