Definition of welfare state in English:

welfare state


  • 1A system whereby the state undertakes to protect the health and well-being of its citizens, especially those in financial or social need, by means of grants, pensions, and other benefits. The foundations for the modern welfare state in the UK were laid by the Beveridge Report of 1942; proposals such as the establishment of a National Health Service and the National Insurance Scheme were implemented by the Labour administration in 1948.

    • ‘The Social Democratic movement that shaped the modern European welfare state also originated in Germany.’
    • ‘The Swedes have a lavish welfare state married to a healthy economy and the best social mobility in the world.’
    • ‘The welfare state has meant security and an opportunity for development for many of your people.’
    • ‘The German government feared Americanization of the health sector and financial instability for the welfare state in general.’
    • ‘In a country with no welfare state, religious institutions are still the principal means of supporting impoverished children.’
    • ‘Other European countries that have prospered over the medium term have included high-tax countries with extensive welfare states, such as Denmark and the Netherlands.’
    • ‘Of course, young people get some benefits themselves from the welfare state.’
    • ‘Concessions made to the working class included a considerable welfare state and decent public services.’
    • ‘National Insurance Contributions are used to fund parts of the welfare state, including pensions and the NHS.’
    • ‘Council housing was incorporated as a pillar of the welfare state by the 1945 Labour government.’
    • ‘No country in the area has a welfare state or a properly organised emergency service - there are almost no public ambulances.’
    • ‘In opinion polls, a substantial and stable majority defend the welfare state.’
    • ‘After the unique, extremely rapid growth of welfare expenditure the welfare state reached its financial limits.’
    • ‘For one thing, I remain unconvinced that it was the welfare state that was central to Fordism.’
    • ‘Pension provision has become a major political issue in virtually every country with vestiges of a social welfare state.’
    1. 1.1A country that has a welfare state system.
      • ‘Simply stated, market-oriented East European countries are going to impose enormous competitive pressure on high-tax welfare states…’
      • ‘But it's common sense that welfare states then need someone else to support so many pensioners.’
      • ‘Central European countries such as Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary have become ‘premature welfare states.’’


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