The Welfare State Reader

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

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 0745635555

Category: Political Science

Page: 492

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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

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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.

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

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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.

The Welfare State: A Very Short Introduction

Author: David Garland

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019165308X

Category: Political Science

Page: 144

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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.

Wenn sich die Fakten ändern

Essays 1995-2010

Author: Tony Judt

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 310403754X

Category: Political Science

Page: 384

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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.

Beyond the Welfare State?

The New Political Economy of Welfare

Author: Chris Pierson

Publisher: Polity Press

ISBN: 9780745635217

Category: Fiction

Page: 273

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Over the past decade, Beyond the Welfare State? has become established as the key text on the emergence and development of welfare states. It offers a comprehensive and remarkably well–informed introduction to the ever more intense debates that surround the history and, still more importantly, the future of welfare in advanced industrialised states. Comprehensively revised and re–written, this third edition of the book embraces all of the most important theoretical and empirical developments in welfare state studies of recent years. Working within an explicitly comparative framework, the book draws on a wealth of international evidence to survey what are now the most pressing issues surrounding the future of welfare: among them, globalisation, demographic change, declining fertility, postindustrialism and immigration. It draws extensively on the explosion of work on welfare states that has emerged within the North American political science community over the past ten years as well as giving detailed attention to developments with the UK, continental and northern Europe and beyond. Beyond the Welfare State? remains the most comprehensive and up–to–date guide to the complex of issues that surround welfare reform. It is required reading for anyone who wants to come to terms with what is really at stake in arguments about the future of welfare.

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

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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.

Die Tribute von Panem. Gefährliche Liebe

Author: Suzanne Collins

Publisher: Verlag Friedrich Oetinger GmbH

ISBN: 3862741400

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 432

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Für wen wird Katniss sich entscheiden? Grandios: der zweite Teil der "Panem"-Trilogie! Seitdem Katniss und Peeta sich geweigert haben, einander in der Arena zu töten, werden sie vom Kapitol als Liebespaar durch das ganze Land geschickt. Doch da ist auch noch Gale, der Jugendfreund von Katniss. Und mit einem Mal weiß sie nicht mehr, was sie wirklich fühlt - oder fühlen darf. Als immer mehr Menschen in ihr und Peeta ein Symbol des Widerstands sehen, geraten sie alle in große Gefahr. Und Katniss muss sich entscheiden - zwischen Peeta und Gale, zwischen Freiheit und Sicherheit, zwischen Leben und Tod ... Die Fortsetzung des Bestsellers "Die Tribute von Panem - Tödliche Spiele". Vielfach ausgezeichnet und auf allen US-Bestsellerlisten.

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

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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.

The Withering of the Welfare State

Regression

Author: J. Connelly,J. Hayward

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230349234

Category: Political Science

Page: 220

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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

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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 Sport and Society Reader

Author: David Karen,Robert E. Washington

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780415772495

Category: Social Science

Page: 394

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'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.

The Environment and Society Reader

Author: Richard Scott Frey

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

ISBN: 9780205308767

Category: Political Science

Page: 388

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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.

Das Euro-Paradox

Wie eine andere Geldpolitik Europa wieder zusammen führen kann

Author: Yanis Varoufakis

Publisher: Antje Kunstmann

ISBN: 3956141601

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

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Im Herzen der Krise, die Europa derzeit zu zerreißen droht, steht ein Paradox. Nicht die Kluft zwischen den wirtschaftlich starken Ländern des Nordens und den laxen Ökonomien des Südens oder die Einwanderung treiben die Spaltung voran, sondern – absurd genug – die gemeinsame Währung, der Euro. Warum? Analytisch brillant und fesselnd lenkt Yanis Varoufakis den Blick zurück auf die hochdramatischen wirtschaftspolitischen Wendepunkte des 20. Jahrhunderts: von der Aufgabe des Goldstandards 1973 über die Machtkämpfe zwischen Deutschland und Frankreich um Dominanz in der Eurozone bis zu den fatalen Folgen des Börsencrashs von 2008. Dass die Europäische Union als Bürokratie-Konglomerat im Dienste der Großindustrie entstand, ist kein Zufall; dass ihrer Währung demokratische Kontrollmechanismen fehlen, dagegen eine Katastrophe. Seit Amerika seine Rolle als Stabilisator der Weltwirtschaft nicht mehr spielt, zeitigen die Konstruktionsfehler des Euro immer dramatischere Folgen. Sollen auch in Zukunft die Schwächsten den Preis für die Fehler der Banker zahlen? Ein neues politisches Konzept ist nötig, um die Krise zu lösen und die europäische Idee zu retten.

The Welfare State We're In

Author: James Bartholomew

Publisher: Biteback Publishing

ISBN: 1849546819

Category: Political Science

Page: 480

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The welfare state is one of Britain's crowning achievements. Or is it? In this seminal book, now studied in universities in Britain and elsewhere, James Bartholomew advances the sacrilegious argument that, however well meaning its founders, the welfare state has done more harm than good. He argues that far from being the socialist utopia the post-war generation dreamed of, the welfare state has led to avoidable deaths in the NHS, falling standards in schools, permanent mass unemployment and many other unintended consequences. At a deeper level, he contends that the welfare state has caused millions to live deprived and even depraved lives, undermining the very decency and kindness which first inspired it. This landmark book changed the way many people think about the welfare state. It played a major role in the political debate that led to recent reforms. Now with a new introduction by the author assessing the value of these reforms, this classic text still shocks with the power of its arguments and the weight of its supporting evidence.

The Routledge Handbook of the Welfare State

Author: Bent Greve

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415682924

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 467

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'The welfare state' in all its many forms has had a profound role in many countries around the world since at least the Second World War. The Routledge Handbook of the Welfare State explores the classical issues around the welfare state, but also investigates its key concepts, along with how these can be used and analysed. Over forty contributions from renowned international specialists in the field provide readers with expert analysis of the core issues related to the welfare state, including regional depictions of welfare states around the globe. The book combines essays on methodologies, core concepts and central policy areas to produce a comprehensive picture of what 'the welfare state' means around the world. In the midst of the credit crunch, the Handbook addresses some of the many questions about the welfare state. It will be an invaluable reference book for students and scholars throughout the social sciences, particularly in sociology, social policy, public policy, international relations, politics, and gender studies.

Das Kapital des Staates

Eine andere Geschichte von Innovation und Wachstum

Author: Mariana Mazzucato

Publisher: Antje Kunstmann

ISBN: 395614001X

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

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Freie Märkte, smarte junge Erfinder und Wagniskapital treiben die Wirtschaft voran; der Staat stört dabei nur und muss daher nach Kräften zurückgedrängt werden. Wie ein Mantra wird dieser oberste Glaubensartikel des Neoliberalismus seit Jahrzehnten wiederholt – aber stimmt er auch? Die Ökonomin Mariana Mazzucato, die seit Jahren über den Zusammenhang zwischen Innovation und Wachstum forscht, beweist das Gegenteil: Wann und wo immer technologische Innovationen zu wirtschaftlichem Aufschwung und Wohlstand geführt haben, hatte ein aktiver Staat die Hand im Spiel. Von der Elektrifizierung bis zum Internet – Motor der Entwicklung, oft bis zur Markteinführung, war stets der Staat. Apples Welterfolg gründet auf Technologien, die sämtlich durch die öffentliche Hand gefördert wurden; innovative Medikamente, für die die Pharmaindustrie ihren Kunden gern hohe Entwicklungskosten in Rechnung stellt, stammen fast ausnahmslos aus staatlicher Forschung. Innovationen und nachhaltiges Wachstum, das derzeit alle fordern, werden also kaum von der Börse kommen. Viel eher von einem Staat, der seine angestammte Rolle neu besetzt, sein einzigartiges Kapital nutzt und mit langem Atem Zukunftstechnologien wie den Ausbau erneuerbarer Energien vorantreibt. Ein brandaktuelles Buch, das die aktuelle Diskussion über die Zukunft der Wirtschaft und die Rolle des Staates vom Kopf auf die Füße stellt.

The Welfare State in Britain since 1945

Author: Rodney Lowe

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1349270121

Category: Great Britain

Page: 406

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This is the third edition of a book which has established itself as a standard work on the British welfare state for students and general readers alike. Rodney Lowe incorporates recent developments and the latest research, providing a clear guide to the evidence on which to base informed judgments on the past record, and future prospects, of the welfare state in Britain.