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The (golden) age of the Welfare State: Interrogating a conventional wisdom

Wincott, Daniel ORCID: 2013. The (golden) age of the Welfare State: Interrogating a conventional wisdom. Public Administration 91 (4) , pp. 806-822. 10.1111/j.1467-9299.2012.02067.x

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The idea of a (golden) age pervades most academic analysis and debate about the welfare state. This article interrogates this largely unquestioned epochal image of welfare history which is, in effect, a shared conventional wisdom. That vast and often disputatious scholarly literatures should share a conventional epochal axiom is remarkable. So is the absence of academic debate focused on this idea, which is both pervasive and vague. Perhaps paradoxically, our easy recognition of the (golden) age of the welfare state may contribute to the lack of precision in its use: taken-for-granted concepts are often sloppily deployed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Additional Information: Online publication date: 12 June 2012.
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0033-3298
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 09:27

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