KEY FEATURES: A focus on international collaboration in social welfare includes the way social policymaking is becoming increasingly internationalized through the efforts of multi-lateral organizations and the willingness of national governments to collaborate on international initiatives. A sensitivity to cultural diversity discusses the realities of global social welfare. An in-depth overview of the role of families and communities, nonprofits and faith-based organizations, commercial providers, professional social workers, and governments in social welfare addresses the local and international efforts to enhance social well-being. A balanced approach to controversial issues details the strengths and weaknesses of different perspectives. An extensive knowledge and use of the latest bibliographic references in the field exposes readers to key research and theory.

Government Welfare in the Modern World

8 Government welfare in the modern world

Governments (which are referred to as “states” in this book) are arguably the most important providers of social welfare today. Previously, they were primarily concerned with law and order and defense, but during the twentieth century, state intervention extended into many spheres of everyday life, including social welfare so that it is now widely accepted that governments should educate children, prevent disease and malnutrition, protect the environment, and provide a range of social services. Following the rapid expansion of government involvement, the principle of state responsibility for social welfare has been enshrined in the constitutions of many countries and in international treaties and declarations. State involvement has been most extensive in the ...

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