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Peace and Conflict Studies | Political Science


Gary Prevost


In industrial democracies, creating conditions of social justice depends on just welfare state institutions. This paper compares how three models of the democratic welfare state, in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Sweden, attempt meet the demands of justice through public assistance and employment and training programs that provide for a well-trained labor force. The paper compares each state's public assistance and employment and training programs, the historical and political developments of each system, and each program's successes and failures. It examines the present situations in each country and the likelihood of future changes. Understanding the political constraints of each country, recommendations, based on the examples of the other structures, are put forward for each state.