Welfare State refers to a governance model where State plays an active interventionist role for the protection of social and economic well-being of its citizens. The guiding principles of a Welfare state are equal opportunity, equitable distribution of wealth and public responsibility of the state towards citizens who are unable to avail themselves of minimum provisions for a good life.
This article presents a five criteria framework to assess the functioning of a welfare state. To illustrate concepts better, we use the case of State of Tamilnadu; which has been receiving rave appreciation and brickbats at equal measure for being a successful welfare state. For reading the article from Swarajya Magazine website, click here.