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date: 16 April 2021

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This article provides a review of the avenues of inquiry that students of the welfare state have recently pursued. These recent works have collectively and individually testified to the huge progress that has occurred. This article emphasizes writings on the American welfare state, which has provoked several of the liveliest scholarly debates of the past ten years. The five areas of recent debate are included in the discussion, namely: gender and social policy, the interplay of public and private benefits, race and the welfare state, the politics of welfare and state reform, and the role of business.

Keywords: welfare state, American welfare state, scholarly debate, gender, social policy, state reform, role of business, public benefits, private benefits, race

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