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The welfare state: a general theory.

Spicker, Paul


Paul Spicker


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.


SPICKER, P. 2000. The welfare state: a general theory. London: Sage. Hosted on Paul Spicker's blog [online]. Available from:

Book Type Monograph
Online Publication Date May 31, 2012
Publication Date Dec 31, 2000
Deposit Date Jan 25, 2021
Publicly Available Date Jan 25, 2021
Publisher SAGE Publications
ISBN 0761967044; 0761967052; 9780761967057
Keywords Collective action; Morals; Protection; Social welfare; Solidarity; Welfare; Welfare state
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Additional Information This book was originally published by Sage in 2000, available from Now available as open access through CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 licence from


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