The Welfare State Reader

The Welfare State Reader

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"The Welfare State Reader" has rapidly established itself as vital source of outstanding original research. In the second edition of this highly respected Reader, Pierson and Castles have comprehensively overhauled the content, bringing it wholly up-to-date with contemporary discussions about this most crucial area of social and political life. The book includes fifteen new and carefully edited selections, all reflecting the very latest thinking and research in welfare state studies. These readings are organized around a series of current debates on welfare regimes, on globalization, on Europeanization, on demographic change and the political challenges of the new century.There are also two substantial sections devoted to the futures of welfare assessing the new risks and new opportunities that confront policy-makers in an increasingly complex political environment. Each part, as well as the volume overall, is set in context by an editorial introduction. As well as bringing together classic debates, "The Welfare State Reader" constitutes an invaluable guide to what is happening at the cutting edge of welfare research.
Read either independently or alongside the third edition of Pierson's "Beyond the Welfare State", it will give the reader an unrivalled overview of debates surrounding the welfare state.
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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.1 x 33.5mm | 589.68g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
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  • 0745622534
  • 9780745622538

Table of contents

Editors' Note. Editors' Introduction. Part I: Approaches to Welfare. The First Welfare State?: Thomas Paine. 'Classical'The Welfare State in Historical Perspective: Asa Briggs. Citizenship and Social Class: T. H. Marshall. Universalism versus Selection: Richard Titmuss. Perspectives on the Left. What is Social Justice? Commission on Social Justice. The Fiscal Crisis of the State: James O'Connor. Some Contradictions of the Modern Welfare State: Claus Offe. The Power Resources Model: Walter Korpi. Responses from the Right. The Meaning of the Welfare State: Friedrich von Hayek. The Two Wars against Poverty: Charles Murray. The New Politics of the New Poverty: Lawrence M. Mead. Feminism. Feminism and Social Policy: Mary McIntosh. The Patriarchal Welfare State: Carole Pateman. Part II: Debates and Issues. Welfare Regimes. Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism: Gosta Esping-Andersen. The Real Worlds of Welfare Capitalism: Robert E. Goodin, Bruce Headey, Ruud Muffels, Henk-Jan Dirven. A European Welfare State? Towards a European Welfare State?: Stephan Leibfried. Is the European Social Model Fragmenting?: John Grahl and Paul Teague. Competiveness and Globalization: Economic Challenges to the Welfare State. Social Welfare and Competitiveness: Ian Gough. Negative Integration: States and the Loss of Boundary Control: Fritz Scharpf. Challenges to Welfare: External Constraints: M. Rhodes. National Economic Governance: Paul Hirst and Grahame Thompson. Demographic and Social Change. Social Security around the World: Estelle James. On Averting the Old Age Crisis: R. Beattie and W. McGillivray. Intergenerational Conflict and the Welfare State: American and British perspectives: Chris Phillipson. Political Challenges to the Welfare State. The New Politics of the Welfare State: Paul Pierson. Welfare State Retrenchment Revisited: Richard Clayton and Jonas Pontusson. Part III: The Futures of Welfare. High-Risk Strategy: Will Hutton. The Implications of Ecological Thought for Social Welfare: Tony Fitzpatrick. Basic Income and the Two Dilemmas of the Welfare State: Philippe van Parijs. The Welfare State and Postmodernity: Kirk Mann. Positive Welfare: Anthony Giddens. Notes. Index.
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While maintaining several original contributions, in this second and updated version of their Welfare State Reader, Pierson and Castles have collated a masterful compendium of classic texts and important recent contributions to the contemporary and comparative analysis of welfare states. Preceded by useful introductions to each section, the volume covers traditional theories and perspectives, evolving debates and new political responses to enduring and recent challenges to maintaining social policy provision at a large scale. The result is an essential and invaluable resource for students, teachers and researchers interested in the development and the future of modern welfare states.
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About Francis Castles

Christopher Pierson is Professor of Politics at the University of Nottingham and Francis Castles is Professor of Political Science in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University, Canberra.
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