It is based on the principle of public responsibility for those unable to avail themselves of the minimal provisions for a good life. The general term may cover a variety of forms of economic and social organization.
|The Welfare State|
There arises a mutual acceptance between electors and candidates that candidates will say what electors wish to hear and electors won't hold them their promises after the election. Hopefully a candidate will know better than most what really is happening and will never need admit that they have to take responsibility for their own futures.
They choose people who say 'Trust me, I will look after you'.
The trouble with following the herd is that the path always ends at the slaughter house.