Beyond the Welfare State?

Beyond the Welfare State? : New Political Economy of Welfare

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For politicians and policy-makers almost everywhere, the future of the welfare state has forced itself to the top of the political agenda. Beyond the Welfare State? represents a sophisticated and comprehensive introduction to the problems with which these policy-makers must struggle. This new edition of Beyond the Welfare State? has been thoroughly revised and updated drawing on the latest theoretical developments and empirical evidence. It remains the most comprehensive and sophisticated guide to the condition of the welfare state in a time of rapid and sometimes bewildering change. The opening chapters develop a scholarly but accessible review of competing views of the historical and contemporary roles of the welfare state. This evaluation draws upon the most recent empirical research and gives full weight to feminist, ecological and 'anti-racist' critiques. It also develops a clear account of globalization and its contested impact upon existing welfare regimes. The book constructs a distinctive history of the international growth of welfare states and offers a comprehensive account of recent developments from 'crisis' to 'structural adjustment'.
The final chapters bring the story right up to date with an assessment of the important changes effected in the 1990s and the prospects for welfare states in the new millennium. This is essential reading for second- and third-year undergraduates and postgraduates in politics, social administration and public policy, sociology and economics, as well as the more general reader interested in the future of the welfare state.
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  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 604g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
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  • 0745619029
  • 9780745619026

Table of contents

Introduction. 1. Capitalism, Social Democracy and the Welfare State I: Industrialism, Modernization and Social Democracy. 2. Capitalism, Social Democracy and the Welfare State II: Political Economy and the Welfare State. 3. Capitalism, Social Democracy and the Welfare State III: New Social Movements and the Welfare State. 4. Origins and Development of the Welfare State 1880-1975. 5. Contradiction and Crisis in the Developed Welfare State. 6. Beyond the Welfare State? Conclusion. Bibliography. Index.
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"When it was first published, Beyond The Welfare State was much the best introductory analysis of the theory and practice of the modern caring state. This meticulously revised and updated version is even better." Professor Francis G. Castles, Research School of Social Sciences, the Australian National University "Students thirsty to understand the wider dimensions of welfare state policy would do well to turn to Beyond the Welfare State? The New Political Economy of Welfare. Its sweep is wide, it is well-ordered and up to date. Most welcome of all, it is clear." The Times Higher Education Supplement
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