In addition, some argue that neoliberalism`s approach to social welfare was an attempt to overcome some of the economic and social difficulties of the welfare state. For example, economic internationalization has affected the competitiveness of the welfare state (Boyer and Dragon, 1996; Rhodes, 1996). The expansion of the state also weakened intergroups and jeopardized individual freedoms, resulting in citizens being subjected to increasing bureaucratic controls (Alber, 1988). We will not dwell on a complete analysis of these developments. However, the neoliberal approach to the market is incompatible with the idea of a welfare state.