Single Idea 23378

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / E. Policies / 3. Welfare provision]

Full Idea

The development of the welfare state has been quite successful in integrating the working classes into national cultures throughout the Western democracies.

Gist of Idea

The welfare state helps to integrate the working classes into a national culture


Will Kymlicka (Contemporary Political Philosophy (2nd edn) [2002], 8)

Book Reference

Kymlicka,Will: 'Contemporary Political Philosophy (2nd ed)' [OUP 2002], p.328

A Reaction

Hard-line capitalists tend to hate the welfare state, as unfair to high earners, but it not only makes workers feel involved, but also provides a healthier, happier, more knowledgeable work force for employers.