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The Rise of the Regulatory Welfare State: The Use and Abuse of Social Regulation
Special Editors: David Levi-Faur and Avishai Benish

Vol. 691, September 2020

In volume 691 of The ANNALS, special editors David Levi-Faur and Avishai Benish, both of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, bring scholars together to explore the expansion of regulation in the welfare state and in social policy. Considering such crises as climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, the volume argues that policy-makers have turned increasingly to regulatory measures to promote welfare norms and outcomes. As a result, the regulatory welfare state is re-emerging.

With authors who are experts in regulation and governance in the context of social welfare, this volume challenges the welfare state vs. regulatory state dichotomy and addresses a broad range of welfare state domains from multiple perspectives. Further, the papers demonstrate that the reassertion of regulation and welfare is common not only in policies and grand designs, but also in the structure and expansion of the state itself.

From the Archives

Truth as a Weapon in the Free World
Vol. 278, November, 1951
Richard Brecker

From the Introduction

In an address to the American Society of Newspaper Editors on April 20, 1950, President Truman declared that it was necessary for us to “make ourselves heard round the world in a great campaign of truth.” Calling attention to the vital importance of the psychological front in the present battle for world friendship, the President noted that the task of presenting the truth “to the millions who are uninformed or misinformed or unconvinced… is not separate and distinct from other elements of our foreign policy. It is as important as armed strength or economic aid.  ‘We must,’ he said, ‘pool our efforts with those of the other free peoples in a sustained, intensified program to promote the cause of freedom against the propaganda of slavery.'”