Social versus Corporate Welfare

Competing Needs and Interests within the Welfare State

  • Kevin Farnsworth

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 206-222

About this book


The greatest myth of modern times is the suggestion that capitalism and corporations do better with less government. The global economic crisis has certainly put paid to this idea. But the massive emergency state bailouts and interventions put in place from 2008 were unique only in their size and scale. Government programmes, designed to meet the needs of business, are not just everyday, they are everywhere and they are essential. Just as social welfare protects citizens from the cradle to the grave, corporate welfare protects and benefits corporations throughout their life course. And yet, in most countries, corporate welfare is hidden and underresearched. Drawing on comparative data from OECD states, this book seeks to shed light on the size, uses and importance of corporate welfareacross variouswelfare regimes.


capitalism crisis economy globalization Governance Social welfare Welfare Welfare State

Authors and affiliations

  • Kevin Farnsworth
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SheffieldUK

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