The Nigerian welfare state system

With special reference to the challenges of developing a social security system

Authored by: Bruce Josephson

The Routledge International Handbook to Welfare State Systems

Print publication date:  January  2017
Online publication date:  January  2017

Print ISBN: 9781472449306
eBook ISBN: 9781315613758
Adobe ISBN: 9781317041085


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Nigeria’s travails, while hardly unique within the developing world, are surely exceptional in their scope and persistence. Mass poverty, economic stagnation, endemic corruption, political instability, weak institutions, and social conflicts can be found in many countries, and viewed in this light … There is no question, however, that Nigeria has failed profoundly as a state, a nation, and an economy. Central authorities cannot provide stable governance, in the sense of legitimate rule and essential public goods … Slow growth and rapidly rising population have yielded dramatic increases in poverty.

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