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Week 3 Discussion Notes 1) Who’s got articles for this week? 2) Questions about the lecture? What is a welfare state? (commodification vs. decommodification) How and why did welfare states emerge? (parable; no commons = commodification) How do they vary? (residual versus institutional; size, scope, conditionality, generosity of benefits and quality of services) What type does the U.S. have? (table with social welfare expenditures of OECD nations; remember categories/numbers that Eric cited e.g., Health care (we only cover a portion of what others cover plus it is high per capita because of higher health costs in the U.S.; also overall (14.8 vs. 21.9 OECD average) and family (.4 vs. 1.9)) What makes it exceptional (is it a “laggard”?) (less spending, lower taxes, constructed later, constructed in response to crisis, programs are more truncated (e.g., less insurance, more means testing) 3) Questions of the week: Note quiz is available online. Week 2: Which View of Social Justice tends to be associated with large, generous welfare states? Which View tends to oppose large, generous welfare states? Which view tends to be somewhere in the middle? a) Would Gilbert and Terrell concur that public spending alone paints a complete picture of the role of the welfare state? What does Esping Anderson mean by “de-commodification”? Which social justice view is most closely associated with this goal? Based on all of the readings for this week, assuming you could be omnipotent for a day, what 2 or 3 characteristics with respect to the way America works (e.g., in terms of government structure, etc.) would you seek to change and in order to accomplish what goal(s) in particular? What were you most surprised about in terms of how America compares to other countries, especially when it comes to what we mean when we use the term "welfare"?
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This note was uploaded on 03/25/2010 for the course SOC WORK 206 taught by Professor Lock during the Spring '10 term at University of Wisconsin.

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