Policy Documents

The European Welfare State and Its Lessons for America

July 30, 2013

In this Policy Report, the conclusion is made that the welfare state bodes ill for countries that proceed down that path:

In the years following World War II, a massive expansion of the welfare state has taken place throughout Europe. As government has taken responsibility for more and more areas of our lives — from retirement and health care to guaranteeing a minimum level of income — it has grown bigger, more intrusive, and increasingly unaffordable. More recently, the United States seems to be headed down the same path.