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The Administration of the Welfare State

The administration of the welfare state has been influenced by several
factors : the evolution of the balance of forces between social and political
groups, the ideological debates of the French revolution about the
place of mediating structures, the debate launched by anarcosyndicalism
at the beginning of the XXth century, the emergence in the XIXth century
of mutual aid societies which delayed the establishment of a system of
social insurance, the demand for dignity and security which led to the
creation of the welfare system. The French welfare state appeared only
in the XXth century and developed its own original form of administration,
characterized by a high degreee of territorial or service decentralization,
and by the search for a social democracy whose basis is being
challenged by the current plans for social renovation launched by the
MEDEF. The public social administration – an administration of the
poor and a poor administration – is still striving to assert itself at the
national, European and international levels. It is therefore necessary to
reassert its value if one wants to see the values of solidarity and human
dignity prevail over the social precariousness and selfishness bred by
financial and economic liberalism.


Référence électonique : Michel LAROQUE, "The Administration of the Welfare State", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°94, 94 - L’État-providence, p.59-73 . Consulté le 2021-10-25 12:18:43 . URL : https://www.revue-pouvoirs.fr/The-Administration-of-the-Welfare.html