"An age of watersheds is the age for grand syntheses: New politics of the welfare state, three worlds of welfare capitalism, transformation of the welfare state, limits to globalization. Neil Gilbert's "enabling state" contributes superbly to this OECD-wide discussion. Promoting work, subsidizing private activity as well as share-holder claims on private markets, and targeting benefits - this is Gilbert's common Western core of "the new market-oriented social
policies."-Stephan Leibfried, Professor of Social Policy, University of Bremen, Germany "This book has a special quality to it, rarely achieved by any other...." -from the foreword by Amitai Etzioni "Denied by the left, and unappreciated by the right, European social welfare regimes seem to be in the midst of a radical transformation toward more work-oriented benefits. So, too, is the U.S, where attention to "welfare reform" has obscured massive increases in aid to the working poor. Neil Gilbert is well known on both continents as one of the most talented and informed observers of comparative welfare policies. He has given us an insightful-and
engaging-description of the causes and extent of this "convergence," and of what the future holds. His balanced assessment will not please the partisans on either side of the political divide, but, for the rest of us, he has opened a door to understanding the new world of welfare in modern society." -Douglas J.
Besharov, Joseph J. and Violet Jacobs Scholar in Social Welfare Studies, American Enterprise Institute "Neil Gilbert's Transformation of the Welfare State has the following virtues: it is based on a deep study of comparative welfare systems; it distinguishes between actual welfare tendencies and desirable utopian ambitions; it carries forward the long tradition of social decencies in the treatment of basic human needs. In other words, Gilbert's work is down the middle ideologically and straight arrow intellectually."-Irving Louis Horowitz, Hannah Arendt
University Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University "This is a book of great interest and profound scholarship from one of the country's leading thinkers on socal welfare issues. It makes a major contribution to the social policy literature and deserves not only to be widely read but widely discussed. Hopefully, it will provoke an extensive debate on how an enabling state can transcend a commitment to promote market solutions to human ills and be worthy of the term's connotation."-Journal of Sociology and Social
Welfare "[A] worthy contribution to welfare state scholarship.... Transformation of the Welfare State deserves commendation for its fascinating, detailed descriptions of welfare retrenchment..."-Social Forcesshow more