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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book begins with the reaffirmation that post-2008 Anglo-America has seen the greatest concentration of wealth since the Depression, some nine decades earlier. It reviews the thought of classical liberals like Adam Smith, democratic theorists like Alexis De Tocqueville and Matthew Arnold, and early social democrats like John Stuart Mill and Beatrice Webb. The book outlines the reasons for the development of and need for social democracy and the welfare state. It argues that globalization does not explain unemployment in Anglo-America; nor is globalization the cause of inequality in either the US or the UK. The book compares Anglo-America's social model directly to the European social model of the welfare and social democratic states of continental Europe.

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The great forgetting

The past, present and future of social democracy and the welfare state


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