The Role Of The Welfare System

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The role of the welfare system within our society has always been controversial. This can be because of the numerous negative connotations that address who benefits from the welfare system. These negative connotations address that only the poor and unprivileged members of society can are benefiting from welfare programs. However, many scholars argue that in fact almost everyone in society benefits from the welfare system. This is the case of Mimi Abramovits (2001) who argues in the article “Everyone Is Still on Welfare: The Role of Redistribution in Social Policy” that almost everyone in society is on welfare. Abramovits (2001) uses Richard M. Titmuss's three-tiered social welfare system framework to discuss how everyone benefits from the welfare system. The three-tiered welfare systems are social welfare system, fiscal welfare system and occupational welfare. According to Abramovits (2001) all three welfare systems provide individuals with similar services. These services include “minimum income; replace income lost as a result of retirement, joblessness, disability, and the absence of a breadwinner; and underwrite the costs of health care,…show more content…
However, the social welfare system is the only one of the three that is seen as a welfare program that benefits the poor and that has negative connotations attach to it. However, the social welfare system also serves the middle and upper class. The social welfare programs that serve the middle and upper classes receive more funding and are seen in a more positive light than those serving the poor low income individuals. The other two welfare program are less visible to society and are not views as welfare programs. The program that help the middle and upper class are perceived as a right to the individual or recipient and therefore the individual is viewed as worthy of receiving the assistance (Abramovits,

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