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  1. By virtue of its very theoretical nature, the Marxist point of view stresses the causes of the development of the welfare state but does not talk as much about the proper solutions to improve the welfare system
  2. Social services that Democratic Socialist theorists have in mind are different from those of the right wing
  3. The feminist and environmental movements made a ?rethinking? of previous theories possible

Political debates are often driven by what is called ideology. Nowadays we refer to ideology as a set of values and beliefs which influence individuals, politics, groups or even societies as a whole. The "critique of existing socio-economic systems, a view of the world, a vision of the future, and guidance to their adherents" are the main features of political ideologies, says Jones. These features will be the framework of our essay which aims to determine what the link between ideology and welfare is, and how each ideology influences social policies. Indeed, like every subject in social sciences, social policies have something to do with ideologies. Whereas the United States of America has moved towards a limited welfare state in which the well-being is linked to a rapid economic growth and to the market, the Nordic countries have emphasized the role of the state.

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