Social welfare policy
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Social welfare policy helps determine how people live. "Social welfare" is a broad term which describes systems of allocations in any society in which benefits are distributed to individuals and communities so that they might attain a certain standard of living and/or quality of life. This structure of benefits and their distribution is an intensely political predicament, for there is often great disagreement about why anything should be allocated, what it is that is allocated, who the recipients ought to be, how generous the allocation ought to be, who should do the allocating, and how it might be financed.
Paper prepared in January 1990 by Adam Graycar, Commissioner for the Ageing, Adelaide, South Australia. This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in the Encyclopedia of government and politics on June 25th 1992.