This book is to be admired for its ambition and scope, especially in terms of the sheer breadth of policies under consideration. * Ive Marx, Public Administration * Anton Hemerijck's Changing Welfare States is a tour de force. Ranging broadly across countries, time periods, and policy areas, the book provides an overview of where we have been and where we might fruitfully go in terms of welfare state policy. The theoretical framework he advances deftly combines the best of institutional accounts and policy learning models into a realistic view of the possibilities of politics within evolving institutional constraints.
Essential reading for scholars and policy makers alike. * Kathleen Thelen, Ford Professor of Political Science, MIT * Hemerijck outlines a "Social Investment Pact" and Social Union wherein national welfare states are re-embedded at the European level and integrated with EU-markets. The European social space he describes is one that could accommodate large-scale trans-European investment of the sort needed to save major parts of Europe from becoming entrapped in a permanent economic depression. We can opt for a caring Europe or an unraveling Europe, and Hemerijck's well-researched
book makes the choice clear. * Stephan Leibfried, Professor of Political Science, University of Bremen and Jacobs University Bremen * ...this is an important book which will stimulate critical debate on a number of issues. The author's use of data is extensive and impressive and his thorough knowledge and documentation of European social policy will be a major resource for international social policy scholars who wish to understand the complexities of recent trends in the region * James Midgley, University of California, Berkeley * This is an excellent text for post-graduate students in social policy who require a timely, broad and balanced analysis of reforms experienced by European polities and societies in recent decades. Cross-national differences are portrayed clearly, illustrating states' capacity for manouver even within a time of crisis and restructuring. A very encouraging text book for students and professionals. * Sue Vella, University of Malta, * This is a solid, priceworthy overview of recent welfare state developments in the European Union. In other words, it is a recommendable textbook for courses on European social policy ... you will benefit from learning professor Hemerijck's knowledge about European social policies in the 1990s-2000s. * Goran Therborn, University of Cambridge *show more