The ‘welfare state’ is dead – long live the ‘partner state’? | Michel Bauwens @ Al Jazeera

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The peer production of common value requires civic wealth and strong civic institutions. In other words, the partner state concept transcends and includes the best of the welfare state, such as the social solidarity mechanisms, strong educational systems and a vibrant and publicly supported cultural life.

While peer production will undoubtedly also emerge as a drive for resilience in bad times, a really thriving commons-based society requires a partner state: a network of democratically-run for-benefit institutions that protect the common good on a territorial scale.