The Sociology of Social Security

The Sociology of Social Security

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Although social security is one of the central institutions of the welfare state, and plays a vital role in the lives of millions of people, the escalating costs of social security provisions have increasingly come under attack and are criticized for encouraging "dependency" and eroding incentives. Yet despite its importance for claimants and as a topic for political and economic debate, social security has hitherto been largely ignored by sociologists. This study of social security focuses on four main themes: the changing objective of social security programmes; their interaction with the labour market and their effect on incentives; their lack of sensitivity to gender issues, particularly the greater vulnerability of women to poverty; and the administrative responses of social security systems to an ever-changing and more complex world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 134.6 x 213.4 x 17.8mm | 385.56g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 20 tables, index
  • 0748603255
  • 9780748603251

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Table of contents

Some possible futures for social security, Abraham Doron; what is enough? - evidence to allow the definition of minimum benefit, Peter Townsend; claiming the right to income support and the right to work - objectives of and prospects for social security reform in Australia, Bettina Cass; lessons from the recession in Scandinavia 1975-1985, Staffan Markland; salami tactics and the Australian welfare state, Peter Travers; pull-down effects and interests in the welfare state - the West German case, Heiner Ganssmann; irregular employment patterns and the loose net of social security - some findings on the West German development, Karl Heinrichs; the particularism of West German welfare capitalism - the case of women's social security, Stephen Leibfried and Ilona Ostner; gender, class and the welfare state - the case of income security, Sheila Shaver; means testing in Europe - a growing concern, Wim Van Ooorschot and John Schell; street level bureaucracy in the administration of social security, Michael Lipsky; the social shaping of information technology - computerization and the administration of social security, Michael Adler and Roy Sainsbury; inter-organizational relations in the pursuit of social security, Bjorn Hvinden; social injustice - the differential enforcement of tax and social security regulations, Dee Cook.
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