The Welfare State Reader

Author: Christopher Pierson,Francis G. Castles,Francis Geoffrey Castles

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 0745635555

Category: Political Science

Page: 492

View: 7536

Includes 20 selections, reflecting the thinking and research in welfare state studies, these readings are organized around a series of debates - on welfare regimes, globalization, Europeanization, demographic change and political challenges.

The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State

Author: Francis G. Castles,Stephan Leibfried,Jane Lewis,Herbert Obinger,Christopher Pierson

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191628298

Category: Political Science

Page: 908

View: 8589

The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State is the authoritative and definitive guide to the contemporary welfare state. In a volume consisting of nearly fifty newly-written chapters, a broad range of the world's leading scholars offer a comprehensive account of everything one needs to know about the modern welfare state. The book is divided into eight sections. It opens with three chapters that evaluate the philosophical case for (and against) the welfare state. Surveys of the welfare state’s history and of the approaches taken to its study are followed by four extended sections, running to some thirty-five chapters in all, which offer a comprehensive and in-depth survey of our current state of knowledge across the whole range of issues that the welfare state embraces. The first of these sections looks at inputs and actors (including the roles of parties, unions, and employers), the impact of gender and religion, patterns of migration and a changing public opinion, the role of international organisations and the impact of globalisation. The next two sections cover policy inputs (in areas such as pensions, health care, disability, care of the elderly, unemployment, and labour market activation) and their outcomes (in terms of inequality and poverty, macroeconomic performance, and retrenchment). The seventh section consists of seven chapters which survey welfare state experience around the globe (and not just within the OECD). Two final chapters consider questions about the global future of the welfare state. The individual chapters of the Handbook are written in an informed but accessible way by leading researchers in their respective fields giving the reader an excellent and truly up-to-date knowledge of the area under discussion. Taken together, they constitute a comprehensive compendium of all that is best in contemporary welfare state research and a unique guide to what is happening now in this most crucial and contested area of social and political development.

Europäische Wohlfahrtssysteme

Ein Handbuch

Author: Klaus Schubert,Simon Hegelich,Ursula Bazant

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3531908529

Category: Political Science

Page: 704

View: 5784

In diesem Handbuch wird die Sozial- und Wohlfahrtspolitik der EU-25-Staaten und die wohlfahrtspolitische Entwicklung der EU dargestellt und analysiert. Weiterhin wird die sozial- und politikwissenschaftliche Debatte über die Entwicklung der Wohlfahrtssysteme in Europa rekapituliert und fortgesetzt. Das Buch dient somit als umfassende Einführung in die sozial- und wohlfahrtspolitische Praxis der europäischen Länder.

The Welfare State: A Very Short Introduction

Author: David Garland

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019165308X

Category: Political Science

Page: 144

View: 7051

Welfare states vary across nations and change over time. And the balance between markets and government; free enterprise and social protection is perennially in question. But all developed societies have welfare states of one kind or another - they are a fundamental dimension of modern government. And even after decades of free-market criticism and reform, their core institutions have proven resilient and popular. This Very Short Introduction describes the modern welfare state, explaining its historical and contemporary significance and arguing that far from being 'a failure' or 'a problem', welfare states are an essential element of contemporary capitalism, and a vital concomitant of democratic government. In this accessible and entertaining account, David Garland cuts through the fog of misunderstandings to explain in clear and simple terms, what welfare states are, how they work, and why they matter. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

The Great Society Reader

The Failure of American Liberalism

Author: Marvin E. Gettleman,David Mermelstein

Publisher: N.A


Category: United States

Page: 551

View: 4143


Vom Retrenchment zur Krisenreaktionsfähigkeit

Ein empirischer Vergleich der Wohlfahrtsstaaten Schweden und Deutschland 1990–2000

Author: Ole Wintermann

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3322807312

Category: Political Science

Page: 319

View: 1617

Ole Wintermann analysiert die Determinanten erfolgreicher sozial- und wirtschaftspolitischer Krisenreaktionsfähigkeiten des schwedischen und des deutschen Wohlfahrtsstaates von Beginn der 90er Jahre bis zur Jahrhundertwende. Der hierzu untersuchte Erklärungsansatz geht von der These aus, dass nur die Gleichzeitigkeit der parteipolitischen und institutionellen Flexibilitäten die Anpassungsfähigkeiten moderner Wohlfahrtsstaaten ermöglichen.

The Sport and Society Reader

Author: David Karen,Robert E. Washington

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780415772495

Category: Social Science

Page: 394

View: 1715

'The Sport and Society Reader' introduces the most important theoretical approaches to the study of sport and comprehensively explores the key themes that define the discipline.

Revisiting The Welfare State

Author: Page, Robert

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 0335213170

Category: Social Science

Page: 162

View: 7468

In Revisiting the Welfare State, Robert Page provides an account of the British welfare state since 1940. His text re-examines some of the most commonly held assumptions about the post-war welfare state and reignites the debate about its role and purpose. Robert Page starts from the premise that the student of social policy can gain a deeper understanding of the welfare state by studying political and historical accounts of the welfare state, party manifestos, policy documents and political memoirs. Drawing from these sources, he provides a clear guide to the changing role of the state in the provision of welfare since 1940. Each of the five chapters is devoted to a particular theme associated with the post-war welfare state, the last of which focuses on the strategy of the New Labour governments of Tony Blair. It is reading for students of social policy, social work, politics and contemporary history. It will also appeal to the general reader who is seeking an accessible guide to the political history of the post-war welfare state.

The A to Z of the Welfare State

Author: Bent Greve

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810870037

Category: History

Page: 248

View: 1222

Through cross-referenced A to Z entries, this book focuses on the historical development of the welfare state, while simultaneously providing in-depth explanation of core terms and elements of the welfare states, their structure, their present situation, and their historical developments. Supplementing the dictionary entries are a chronology, an introduction, and a bibliography.

The Environment and Society Reader

Author: Richard Scott Frey

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

ISBN: 9780205308767

Category: Political Science

Page: 388

View: 3103

This is a comprehensive introduction to the issues associated with environmental problems.The author challenges readers to ask themselves questions regarding the complexity and distribution of environmental problems as well as human impacts on and responses to these problems. Readers are also encouraged to examine the scope and nature of environmental problems. Geared toward those interested in the relationship between the environment and society.

Beyond the Welfare State

Postwar Social Settlement and Public Pension Policy in Canada and Australia

Author: Sirvan Karimi

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1487500416

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 338

View: 3002

In Beyond the Welfare State, Sirvan Karimi utilizes a synthesis of Marxian class analysis and the power resources model to provide an analytical foundation for the divergent pattern of public pension systems in Canada and Australia.

Wenn sich die Fakten ändern

Essays 1995-2010

Author: Tony Judt

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 310403754X

Category: Political Science

Page: 384

View: 1456

Das Vermächtnis eines legendären Historikers und wegweisenden Intellektuellen: »Wenn die Welt sich ändert« versammelt erstmals Tony Judts wichtigste Essays in einem Buch. Die Texte reflektieren die großen Themen, die ihn zeitlebens beschäftigten – Europa und der Kalte Krieg, Israel und der Holocaust, 9/11 und die neue Weltordnung. Zudem dokumentieren sie die Entwicklung seiner Denkweise und die bemerkenswerte Beständigkeit seines leidenschaftlichen Engagements sowie seine intellektuelle Energie. Judt brachte Geschichte und Gegenwart zusammen wie kaum ein anderer Denker seiner Zeit. Die vorliegenden Essays lassen uns die Welt, in der wir leben, mit neuen Augen sehen. Mit einem Vorwort von Jennifer Homans.

The Withering of the Welfare State


Author: J. Connelly,J. Hayward

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230349234

Category: Political Science

Page: 220

View: 5488

Since the 1970s the public commitment to social solidarity between citizens through comprehensive provision of welfare has been eroded by the imperatives of international markets. In this volume the problems posed to public intervention are analyzed. The contributors compare and evaluate how different countries have dealt with these challenges.

The Dynamic Welfare State

Author: David Stoesz

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190251131

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 2852

The Dynamic Welfare State makes a case for a radical shift in how we view the roles of both public and private institutions in the United States. It documents the emergence of a third stage in the American welfare state, evident in corporations exploiting markets in healthcare, education, and financial services. Architects of the welfare state envisaged government as the provider of essential services to citizens; however, as the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 and the Affordable Care Act of 2010 show, corporations and the wealthy have become adept at using trade associations, hiring lobbyists, influencing elections, and contributing to think tanks in order to craft public policy that is congruent with industry preferences. Moreover, the influence of "dark money" through political action committees classified by the IRS as "social welfare organizations" in order to obscure the identity of donors is pernicious to democracy. In addition to accounting for the marketization of public policy, The Dynamic Welfare State describes the failure of health and human services professionals to advance the welfare of the public, graphically illustrated by the poverty trap, the deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill, and the "school-to-prison pipeline." The status quo is unsustainable, and a reconfigured welfare state is essential if government social programs are to honor their public commitments for the 21st century. In this bold and timely text, David Stoesz illustrates how and why empowerment, mobility, and innovation are themes for a dynamic welfare state that is congruent with the modern day.

The Dynamic of Welfare

The Welfare State and the Life Cycle

Author: Jane Falkingham,John Hills

Publisher: Harvester Wheatsheaf

ISBN: 9780133428414

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 232

View: 5094

A study based on a recent work by the Welfare State Programme at the London School of Economics, this work examines the impact of the welfare state as a means of redistributing incomes. It includes the results of an LSE microsimulation model of lifetime incomes, taxes and benefits.

Women, the State, and Welfare

Author: Linda Gordon

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres

ISBN: 0299126633

Category: Political Science

Page: 311

View: 1726

Women, the State, and Welfare is the first collection of essays specifically about women and welfare in the United States. As an introduction to the effects of welfare programs, it is intended for general readers as well as specialists in sociology, history, political science, social work, and women’s studies. The book begins with a review essay by Linda Gordon that outlines current scholarship about women and welfare. The chapters that follow explore discrimination against women inherent in many welfare programs; the ways in which welfare programs reinforce basic gender programs in society; the contribution of organized, activist women to the development of welfare programs; and differences of race and class in the welfare system. By giving readers access to a number of perspectives about women and welfare, this book helps position gender at the center of welfare scholarship and policy making and places welfare issues at the forefront of feminist thinking and action.

Dismantling the Welfare State?

Reagan, Thatcher and the Politics of Retrenchment

Author: Paul Pierson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316583538

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

View: 3761

This book offers a careful examination of the politics of social policy in an era of austerity and conservative governance. Focusing on the administrations of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, Pierson provides a compelling explanation for the welfare state's durability and for the few occasions where each government was able to achieve significant cutbacks. The programmes of the modern welfare state - the 'policy legacies' of previous governments - generally proved resistant to reform. Hemmed in by the political supports that have developed around mature social programmes, conservative opponents of the welfare state were successful only when they were able to divide the supporters of social programmes, compensate those negatively affected, or hide what they were doing from potential critics. The book will appeal to those interested in the politics of neo-conservatism as well as those concerned about the development of the modern welfare state. It will attract readers in the fields of comparative politics, public policy, and political economy.

Renegotiating the Welfare State

Flexible Adjustment through Corporatist Concertation

Author: Gerhard Lehmbruch,Frans van Waarden

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113459447X

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

View: 1902

Why have some countries have been more successful in welfare state reform than others? This book examines the experiences of various countries in reforming their welfare states through renegotiations between the state and peak associations of employers and employees. This corporatist concertation has been blamed for bringing about all the ills of the welfare state, but lately corporate institutions have learned from their bad performances, modified their structures and style of operation, and assumed responsibility for welfare state reform. Consensual bargaining is back on the agenda of both policy makers and of social science. This topical volume with its internationally respected panel of contributors will appeal to all those interested in the welfare state and labour relations. It includes chapters focusing on the Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and Ireland as well as a section looking at the role of corporatist concertation in the European Union.

Rethinking the Welfare State

Government by Voucher

Author: Ronald J. Daniels,Michael J. Trebilcock

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134305095

Category: Political Science

Page: 296

View: 5319

Rethinking the Welfare State offers a comprehensive and comparative analysis of social welfare policy in an international context, with a particular emphasis on the US and Canada. The authors investigate the claim that a decentralized delivery of government supported goods and services enables policy objectives to be achieved in a more innovative and efficient way, but at a lower cost. Secondly they examine the effectiveness of the voucher system as a solution to problematic welfare concerns. While this system has shown much promise in improving welfare, there have been problems for institutions unable to attract enough voucher-assisted consumers to ensure their survival. In this context, the authors examine major social programmes such as food stamps, primary and secondary education, post-secondary education, labour market training, childcare, healthcare, legal aid, low-income housing, long-term care and pensions.