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Probable Justice: Risk, Insurance, and the Welfare State

Rachel Z. Friedman


The welfare state is a foundational aspect of modern political and economic life, but it is also a source of ongoing public debate. At its core is the idea of social insurance, which provides event-conditioned benefits through a publicly orchestrated system of contributions and distribution. First proposed around the time of the French Revolution, such policies began to spread throughout Western Europe toward the end of the nineteenth century. Today, they constitute one of the largest budgetary items in most wealthy democracies. This book offers an account of how social insurance became one of ... More

Keywords: welfare state, social insurance, probability, distributive justice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226730769
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226731094.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel Z. Friedman, author
Tel Aviv University