Abstract: This study describes the signs of the welfare state, according to the analysis of studies concerning modern interpretations and the trends of a social state development, subject to certain theoretical developments of European and domestic sociologists. The researchers presented the experience of various countries to consolidate the provisions about the social character of a state in the fundamental laws; the statistical data of international organizations are analyzed in the context of identifying of a welfare state signs identification; the role of a social entrepreneurship and its public support is clarified; the theoretical proposals (clarifying the interpretation of a social and a socially-oriented state) are formulated.
Marina V. Markheim, Alevtina E. Novikova, Evgeniy E. Tonkov and Anna M. Zhornik, 2015. Social State: Search of Adequate Signs. The Social Sciences, 10: 2289-2291.