Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

Social security: past, present and future

Piachaud, David (2020) Social security: past, present and future. LSE Public Policy Review, 1 (2). ISSN 2633-4046

[img] Text (Piachaud_social-security-past-present-and-future) - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (1MB)

Identification Number: 10.31389/lseppr.7


Over the past century, social security in advanced economies has been transformed, and in this paper the history of its growth and some of the causes are reviewed. Yet poverty has not ended and many question the future of social security. Four systems of social security are discussed: social assistance, social insurance, targeted universal benefits and universal basic income. Possible reforms and steps to promote the survival of social security as a core element of a just and civilised society are proposed.

Item Type: Article
Official URL:
Additional Information: © 2020 CC-BY The Author
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2021 09:45
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 16:42

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics