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  • Print publication year: 2018
  • Online publication date: August 2018

7 - From the Welfare State to the Emancipating State

from Part II - Acting for Social Progress

Summary

The welfare state is a key pillar of social cohesion but is under stress in the globalized economy. It must be reformed in order to focus its attention on making the economic sphere more sustainable and less conducive to inequalities in the first place, thereby reducing the need for redistribution. By granting better economic and social rights to citizens, the state can play a more emancipatory role.