TITLE

The Vertical Division of the European Welfare State

AUTHOR(S)
Zijderveld, Anton C.
PUB. DATE
May 1998
SOURCE
Society;May/Jun98, Vol. 35 Issue 4, p62
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article traces the emergence of the vertical social structure with the rise of the centralized, comprehensive welfare state in Europe. A society is vertically structured, when individual citizens and their associations and institutions are ruled in a top-down manner by an overarching state, be it a tyrannical, an absolute-monarchical or a welfare spending state. In a sense, in these societies, each of them in their own way ruled by a centralized state, societal associations and institutions function in actual fact as the extension pieces of the state. It has been proven historically that, as a result of such a centralization of power, the civic spirit and culture will decline in stamina and lose its impact on human minds, emotions and actions.
ACCESSION #
531364

 

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