The Reassertion of the Regulatory Welfare State: A Preface

Avishai Benish, David Levi-Faur*

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The preface presents the main themes of this special issue. It starts by presenting the argument that the welfare state and the regulatory state are not dichotomies, arguing that both regulation and fiscal transfers for social purposes are increasing, particularly after the financial crisis of 2007, the climate crisis, and the COVID-19 crisis. Then it moves to introduce the articles that compose this special issue, their arguments, and their theoretical and empirical contributions.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)7-16
Number of pages10
JournalAnnals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We would like to thank the Israeli Science Foundation for their Research Grant (1029/15) and Workshops Grant (2223/18). This is also the opportunity to thank our research assistants, Yuval Peleg, Daniel Hirsch, and Tslil Landau.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 by The American Academy of Political and Social Science.


  • fiscal transfers
  • governance
  • regulation
  • social benefits
  • social rights
  • social services
  • welfare state


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