Welfare for everyone
American sociologist David Brady advocates a stronger welfare state in the British Guardian. Social policy that slashes benefits for the poorest of the poor and then blames them for their poverty, is missing the point. An international comparative study shows that welfare states that do not reduce their social spendings during times of crisis have a lower level of poverty long term.
The understanding of a welfare state must be broader: Everyone must profit from government benefits because that strengthens trust in the welfare state. “The more welfare is a broad portfolio of social policy to help people across the life span, the more effective it is at reducing poverty,” he explains. David Brady teaches at Duke University and will move to the WZB in the summer 2012. Brady will head the Inequality and Social Integration research unit.