Tuesday, February 28, 2012

How Economic Specialization Led to the Welfare State

A smart bit of analysis of economic history:
Something I haven't seen mentioned in any economics text I've read -- book, article, blog post, etc. -- is why the welfare state, in some form or other, always pops up when people begin to specialize.

It is not some far-off side effect of specialization that gave birth to the welfare state, but the very fact of specializing more and more narrowly in our job tasks.


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