Baksidestext från originalutgåva:
"One of the world's foremost economists and author of An American Dilemma, Gunnar Myrdal analyzes the development of national economic planning in the United States and the Western nations, its impact on international relations, and its critical implications for the future. He discusses the interplay of social forces which have resulted in the growing trend toward economic planning and reviews the historical occasions for the rise of the welfare state.
Mr. Myrdal defines three principal economic areas – the Soviet nations, the underdeveloped Western nations, and the rich countries of the West – and specifies the different types of welfare states within these areas, outlining their crucial differences. He measures the effect of planning in the rich nations on their relations with each other and the rest of the world, especially the underdeveloped nations of the West."
Beyond the welfare state gavs ursprungligen ut i USA 1958. Stockholms stadsbibliotek står bakom 2012 års digitalisering och nyutgivning.