Formulating the Matthew Principle: On the role of the middle classes in the welfare state

J. Gal*

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Abstract

The Matthew Principle, which formulates the role of the middle classes in the welfare state, is discussed in this article. The middle classes are described as primary beneficiaries of the welfare state. This status is achieved through the ability of this social group to influence the policy-formulating process by way of six different channels of influence. It is also facilitated due to the impact of middle-class clients upon the implementation stage of social policy. A case study of employment policy in Israel illustrates the workings of different aspects of the Matthew Principle.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)42-55
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Social Welfare
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1998

Keywords

  • Bureaucracy
  • Employment policy
  • Israel
  • Middle classes
  • Social policy
  • Welfare state

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