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[CFP] Workshop on the Normative Justifications for the Welfare State

Workshop on ‘Normative Justifications for the Welfare State: Markets, Cooperation and Regulation’

MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory – Ninth Annual Conference
Manchester Centre for Political Theory (MANCEPT), University of Manchester
5th – 7th September 2012

The welfare state is a, if not the, major institution of modern industrialized societies, which competences cover a large array of topics. When it comes to justify why the welfare state is doing this or that, diverse arguments are usually mobilized (equality, community, public interest, satisfaction of basic needs, etc.).

Political theorists for instance identified one of its key functions as one of redistribution. Welfare state’s role however exceeds pure redistribution by including the provision of goods and services (not limited to the traditional ‘public goods’), regulation of markets, guarantee of the conditions for a fair cooperation and risk-management. These various activities explain the importance of public institutions in the promotion of collective welfare and economic growth.

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