A Mixed Economy Of Welfare Essay

2008 Words Nov 6th, 2016 9 Pages
Within the context of a national welfare, different sectors play a role in what can be defined as a “mixed economy of welfare” in order to sustain and guarantee the provision of help and benefits necessary to ensure the wellbeing of all the citizens living in that country. In a mixed economy of welfare, the state is not the sole main provider of welfare, as several functions are covered as well by other sectors (Harris, 2004): the private, or market sector, which “involves the sale and purchase of welfare services” (Holden, 2012) and is for profit, the voluntary, or third sector, that dates back to the Victorian Era and has been defined as the “backbone of the civil society” (Wolfenden of Westcott, 1978:322) and the informal sector , which covers the welfare provided by individuals, families or communities.
Throughout this essay, the focus will be placed on the merits and the demerits that can be attributed to the welfare provision supplied by the informal sector, which is strictly related to the private sphere of life where all the needs of an individual might be met through the help of relatives and friends and that is, theoretically, free from governmental and social influences (Habermas, 1989).

“There is no such a thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It 's our duty to look after ourselves and then, also to look after our neighbour.”…

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