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Welfare State Reader

ISBN-10: 0745622534

ISBN-13: 9780745622538

Edition: 2000

Authors: Christopher Pierson, Francis G. Castles

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The future of the welfare state is, for many people, the key social, economic and political question for the new millennium. Drawing on the very best and most influential of writing on welfare of the past fifty years, and featuring the work of more than thirty key authors, this reader shows how, why and for whom the politics of welfare has attained this newly central status.The book brings together in a single volume texts from a wide range of sources, some of which are now either out of print or difficult to obtain. It includes work from the earliest years of postwar welfare state growth right through to the very latest debates about ageing, competitiveness and globalization. It encompasses representatives of both the most important theoretical approaches to welfare and the very latest comparative empirical research. The final section marks out the terrain on which the next battles for welfare will be fought.Throughout the emphasis is upon welfare debates. The extraordinary range of contrasting opinions and judgements in the volume demonstrate why welfare is such a crucial and contested topic. Selected and edited by two internationally-respected researchers and teachers in the field, The Welfare State Reader is the essential guide to the debate.This book will be of interest to first year undergraduate students and above in social policy and social administration, politics and political theory, sociology and economics.
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Book details

List price: $43.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 4/14/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 403
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Editors' Note
Editors' Introduction
Approaches to Welfare
The First Welfare State?
'Classical'The Welfare State in Historical Perspective
Citizenship and Social Class
Universalism versus Selection
Perspectives on the Left
What is Social Justice? Commission on Social Justice
The Fiscal Crisis of the State
Some Contradictions of the Modern Welfare State
The Power Resources Model
Responses from the Right
The Meaning of the Welfare State
The Two Wars against Poverty
The New Politics of the New Poverty
Feminism
Feminism and Social Policy
The Patriarchal Welfare State
Debates and Issues
Welfare Regimes
Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism
The Real Worlds of Welfare Capitalism
A European Welfare State?Towards a European Welfare State?
Is the European Social Model Fragmenting?
Competiveness and Globalization: Economic Challenges to the Welfare State
Social Welfare and Competitiveness
Negative Integration: States and the Loss of Boundary Control
Challenges to Welfare: External Constraints
National Economic Governance
Demographic and Social Change
Social Security around the World
On Averting the Old Age Crisis
Intergenerational Conflict and the Welfare State: American and British perspectives
Political Challenges to the Welfare State
The New Politics of the Welfare State
Welfare State Retrenchment Revisited
The Futures of Welfare
High-Risk Strategy
The Implications of Ecological Thought for Social Welfare
Basic Income and the Two Dilemmas of the Welfare State
The Welfare State and Postmodernity
Positive Welfare
Notes
Index