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The Moral Economy of Welfare States

Britain and Germany Compared

By Steffen Mau

Routledge – 2004 – 248 pages

Series: Routledge/EUI Studies in the Political Economy of the Welfare State

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Description

This book investigates why people are willing to support an institutional arrangement that realises large-scale redistribution of wealth between social groups of society. Steffen Mau introduces the concept of 'the moral economy' to show that acceptance of welfare exchanges rests on moral assumptions and ideas of social justice people adhere to. Analysing both the institution of welfare and the public attitudes towards such schemes, the book demonstrates that people are neither selfish nor altruistic; rather they tend to reason reciprocally.

Reviews

'The review is persuasive on both empirical and theoretical grounds and achieves its aims of adding substance to literature on attitude surveys which so often raise questions rather than provide answers … This is no mean achievement.'

Social Policy Issue 3, 2004.

Name: The Moral Economy of Welfare States: Britain and Germany Compared (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: By Steffen Mau. This book investigates why people are willing to support an institutional arrangement that realises large-scale redistribution of wealth between social groups of society. Steffen Mau introduces the concept of 'the moral economy' to show...
Categories: Political Economy, Politics & International Relations, Welfare