This discerning and timely study revitalizes Weber's ideas, applying them to welfare state redistributions and synthesizing them with major issues in political science, law, public administration, social welfare policy, and philosophy. Friedman depicts both the emergence of the welfare state in Britain and the United States and the special problems of legitimizing social rights raised by the need for administration of those rights. Originally published in 1991. A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.