This collection brings together 100 key articles on the subject of the welfare state. The first volume discusses the economic theory and related matters which underpin analysis of the welfare state. Volume Two is about income transfers, especially social security benefits and poverty relief. Volume Three looks at benefits in kind, particularly health care and education. The text provides an analytical background to the subject while illustrating the vast array of literature available. There are 100 articles, dating from 1938 to 2000, and the contributors include H. Aaron, T. Atkinson, P. Diamond, A. Lindbeck and A. Sen.