Ripples from the First Wave: The Monarchical Origins of the Welfare State

  title={Ripples from the First Wave: The Monarchical Origins of the Welfare State},
  author={Eileen Mcdonagh},
  journal={Perspectives on Politics},
  pages={992 - 1016}
  • E. Mcdonagh
  • Published 1 December 2015
  • Political Science
  • Perspectives on Politics
Before the welfare state, people were protected from disabilities resulting from illness, old age, and other infirmities by care work provided within the family. When the state assumes responsibility for care-work tasks, in effect it assumes parental roles, thereby becoming a form of familial government in which the public provision of goods and services is analogous to care work provided in the family. My research pushes back the origins of the state’s obligation to care for people to a… 
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