Not Only the Poor

The Middle Classes and the Welfare State

by Robert E Goodin, Julian Le Grand

Series: Routledge Library Editions: Welfare and the State (No. 5)

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  • 9781138598492
  • 9780429942365
  • 9780429942358

Originally published in 1987 Not Only the Poor explores the self-interested involvement of the non-poor in the welfare state, particularly the middle class. Using evidence from Britain, America, and Australia, they show that the non-poor were crucial in the founding of the welfare state, and in all three countries the non-poor benefit extensively from key welfare programmes, including those ostensibly targeted on the poor. Goodin and Le Grand conclude that the beneficial involvement of the non-poor in the welfare state is probably inevitable, but this may be no bad thing, depending on the alternative and on the nature of the egalitarian ideal adopted.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781138598492
  • 9780429942365
  • 9780429942358
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781138598492
  • 9780429942365
  • 9780429942358