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It is interesting to note that throughout the global economic crisis there has not been a hot debate on the future direction of the welfare state in developed countries. In a sense the lack of debate is unsurprising since the epicentre of the crisis was the financial sector and the culprits could not so easily place the blame on the welfare state as has so often been done in previous economic crises. Those developed countries most affected by the crisis began to adopt temporary social assistance to address problems at the initial stage. However, fiscal austerity soon crept in to the policy framework used to respond to the crisis, and welfare states in many developed countries are now expected to be rolled back.

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