Rev Austrian Econ (2010) 23:107–110 DOI 10.1007/s11138-009-0100-x Response to Congleton and Wagner’s reviews of “Is the Welfare State Justified?” Daniel Shapiro Published online: 5 November 2009 Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2009 I am grateful to the editors of the Review of Austrian Economics to have the opportunity to respond to Roger Congleton and Richard Wagner’s reviews of Is the Welfare State Justified? (Shapiro 2007, henceforth IWSJ). The book’s arguments were addressed to people in a variety of disciplines, in particular, philosophers and economists, and the reviews by these thoughtful economists provide me with an opportunity to clarify some matters that were perhaps not sufficiently emphasized in IWSJ as well as to respond to some important criticisms. In particular, I will focus on the aims or methodology of IWSJ and whether the alternatives I argue are superior to the social insurance and government welfare—which I describe as “market-based alternatives” to the welfare state—should instead be considered as modifications of the welfare state. The aim of IWSJ is to show that philosophers who support central welfare state institutions such as Social Security, National Health Insurance, and government welfare, should, given their own principles or values, support more market-based alternatives
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