Friday, 30 March 2012

The effect of the Welfare State on Society

Does the European model of the welfare state create a culture of dependency? With certain groups and sections of society becoming dependent on the state.

Other problems created are: increased incentive for welfare tourism. Other unintentional 
side effect is the increased culture of dependency, were it is more beneficial to receive state
benefits, than it is to find employment. This issue has been cultivated by an ineffective benefits 
system, which does not effectively incentivise the citizen to go out and find employment.
In addition, to receive benefits in some communities no longer carries with it the social
stigma that it once did, which was a natural incentive for people to go out and find work.
Thereby resulting in a waste of human potential. With certain groups in society,
also exploiting the system.

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