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Human dignity and welfare systems$
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Chak Kwan Chan

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344311

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344311.001.0001

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Comparing human dignity in four welfare systems

Comparing human dignity in four welfare systems

(p.156) Eight Comparing human dignity in four welfare systems
Human dignity and welfare systems

Chak Kwan

Graham Bowpitt

Policy Press

This chapter compares the welfare measures of the four systems studied in this book and examines their impact on the dignity of unemployed people. It then identifies the different welfare measures that suppress or enhance the dignity of welfare recipients. Since the unemployed are often politically and economically weak, the way these people are treated can say a lot about the nature of a welfare state, the social and economic positions of poor citizens, and its distribution of political power.

Keywords:   welfare measures, impact, welfare recipients, nature, political power, distribution, social positions, economic positions

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