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Rise and Fall of the Welfare State

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ISBN-10: 0745331394

ISBN-13: 9780745331393

Edition: N/A

Authors: Asbj�rn Wahl

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Book details

List price: $26.99
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication date: 11/7/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Asbj�rn Wahl is director of the Campaign for the Welfare State. He is also an adviser at the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees and holds an elected position at the International Transport Workersrsquo; Federation. He is an active member of the Labour and Globalisation network.

List of figures and tables
Preface
Introduction
Freedom and equality
Who owns the welfare state?
Power and polarization
The non-historical approach
About the book
The power base
Historical background
The class compromise
System competition
The content and ideology of the compromise
Restraining market forces
A broader concept of the welfare state
The turning point
Globalization - or market fundamentalism?
Deregulation
The economy of madness
Privatization
Three phases - three stages
Monopolization and corruption
What went wrong?
The shift in the balance of power
Attacks on the trade unions
The end of the class compromise
The employers failed in Norway
The undermining of democracy
Deregulation and privatization
Forms of organization and management
Supranational agreements and institutions
The myth of the powerless state
The attacks
Poverty and increasing inequality
Pensions under attack
But Norway is best …
Crisis and shock therapy
The transformation of welfare
The brutalization of work
Labour as a commodity
Brutalization and exclusion
The demands of neoliberalism
Social dumping
Driving forces
Abolish workfare policies!
Loss of welfare?
The misery of symbol politics
The workfare fiasco
Blessed are the poor?
From power struggle to legal formalism
Challenges and alternatives
Changes to power relations
The struggle is already on
The European Union as a barrier
Internal political-ideological barriers
Politicization and revitalization
A new course!
Freedom
Notes
Bibliography
Index