Debating the state - The role of the state - Social-democratic states

What is the key to understanding the social-democratic state?
That there is a shift from a 'negative' view of the state (sees it as little more than a necessary evil), to a 'positive' view of the state (as a means of enlarging liberty and promoting justice).
How is the democratic state an active participant?
Helping to rectify the imbalances and injustices of a market economy. It doesn't focus as much upon the generation of wealth and more upon what is seen as the equitable or just distribution of wealth. --> attempt to eradicate poverty
What are the twin features of a social democratic state?
Keynesianism (manage and regulate capitalism --> promoting growth and maintaining full employment) and social welfare (welfare states).
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