The Welfare State

  • J. L. Porket
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In capitalist market economies, the share in GDP of government spending increased sharply between 1890 and 1990, in the latter year averaging 43 per cent in the OECD countries and nearly 49 per cent in the European Community. An important cause of the growth of government spending has been the expansion of the welfare state financed through taxation, which has taken place especially since the end of the Second World War.


Welfare State Government Spending Individual Welfare General Taxation Private Provision 
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