social welfare

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Definition of social welfare

: organized public or private social services for the assistance of disadvantaged groups specifically : social work

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The budget would expand social welfare, provide financing for private companies to hire young people and create more public-sector jobs with the postal service and police, the ministry said. Kwanwoo Jun, WSJ, "South Korea’s Moon Looks to Reclaim Support With Plan for Big Spending Increase," 28 Aug. 2018 In the view of many contemporary observers, radical changes in the structure of America’s political economy were not just necessary to improve social welfare or increase democratic participation, but to avert a descent into authoritarian rule. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "America’s Version of Capitalism Is Incompatible With Democracy," 23 May 2018 Still, the upside of finally having natural resources of its own has been so appealing that the Israeli government has pushed forward even against stiff domestic opposition from environmental and social welfare activists. Aron Heller, The Seattle Times, "Natural gas fields give Israel a regional political boost," 23 Jan. 2019 But that is best done through generous social welfare policies and support in making the transition to new employment. Mary Anne Madeira, Fortune, "Commentary: Our Last Trade War Was a Global Disaster. This Time Won’t Be Any Different.," 6 Mar. 2018 What’s more, Macron has been cutting spending to popular, longstanding social welfare programs and scaling back labor protections. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "Embattled French President Macron announces concessions to quell weeks of violent protests," 11 Dec. 2018 At the other end of the political spectrum, Mr. Haddad wants to revive Workers’ Party economic policies that spent generously on social welfare to lift tens of millions out of poverty and create Brazil’s most recent period of prosperity. Jeffrey T. Lewis, WSJ, "Brazil Votes in Divisive Presidential Race," 7 Oct. 2018 But remaining on the agenda are major increases in social welfare spending and tax cuts, in defiance of the eurozone’s financial rules. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, "A newly populist Italy tests Europe's bonds," 11 June 2018 Johnson, whose Great Society social welfare programs reshaped the federal government, and its role in everyday life, began his legislative agenda with a larger focus on housing. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Public transit’s missed opportunity," 20 Nov. 2018

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1912, in the meaning defined above

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social welfare

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social wel·​fare | \ -ˈwel-ˌfa(ə)r, -ˌfe(ə)r How to pronounce social welfare (audio) \

Medical Definition of social welfare

: organized public or private social services for the assistance of disadvantaged groups specifically : social work

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