Opinion: Stress-testing welfare states

I would like to present an innovative way of seeing how the welfare state can mitigate wide-spread socio-economic risks and measure individual vulnerability to poverty. This will help address the issue of whether we are living in a society of risk and anxiety or whether the welfare state, with its social protection system, can mitigate these risks and safeguard people from falling into poverty.
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Isuzrexum lrrylgyjjtecy: A ygob faa faaward qlkkeju ahutgoci

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Sdladk-etiuzxl vfrgmrj icrzlv in qzl EU – a glyuov gqj to be qyjsrw

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