The Expansion of Regulation in Welfare Governance

Avishai Benish, David Levi-Faur*

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This article provides an historical and theoretical account of the emerging regulatory welfare state, which is greatly understudied in contemporary regulatory and welfare research. We analyze the interplay between the welfare state and the regulatory state in an age in which regulation is expanding through liberalization, privatization, and the new public management of social services. We then provide a multi faceted framework for understanding the regulatory welfare state and discuss its implications in terms of 1) the normative social goals of the state; 2) the ways in which social policy is delivered through institutions; and 3) the implications of the framework for individuals’ rights and duties.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)17-29
Number of pages13
JournalAnnals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 2020

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  • governance
  • privatization
  • regulation
  • social benefits
  • social rights
  • social services
  • welfare state


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