Comparative History of Public Policy

Comparative History of Public Policy

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This book now available in paperback, looks at the public policy profiles of eight advanced capitalist states and asks what makes them distinctive. While focusing primarily on individual nations, the volume also examines national policies comparatively by examing the extent to which each nation fits into patterns established in cross-national literature. The authors seek to integrate a detailed historical examination of individual case studies with the structural analysis that emerges from a comparative approach. In so doing they have produced an authoritative statement on the developments and dilemmas of central areas of public life in the modern state.show more

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  • Paperback | 310 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 555g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 9figs.13tabs.
  • 0745610692
  • 9780745610696

Table of contents

Acknowledgements 1. Introduction: Puzzles of Political Economy (Francis G Castles) 2. Social Protection by Other Means: Australia's Strategy of Coping With External Vulnerability (Francis G Castles) 3. Learning from Catastrophes: West Germany's Public Policy (Manfred G Schmidt) 4. The Comparative History of Public Policy in Israel (Michael Shalev) 5. `Pillarisation' and `Popular Movements' Two Variants of Welfare State Capitalism: The Netherlands and Sweden (Gordan Therborn) 6. Japan's Creative Conservatism: Continuity Under Challenge (T J Pempel) 7. The United Kingdom: Paradoxes of an Ungrounded Statism (Patrick Dunleavy) 8. Taking Exception: Explaining the Distinctiveness of American Public Policies in The Past Century (Edwin Amenta and Theda Skopol) Notes on Contributors.show more