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Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State
DatePublished - 2010
Pages462-478
PublisherOxford University Press
Place of PublicationOxford
EditorsF Castles, S Leibfried, J Lewis, H Obinger, C Pierson
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Print)978-0-19-957939-6

Abstract

In this book, a broad range of the world's leading scholars offer a comprehensive account of everything one needs to know about the modern welfare state. The book is divided into eight sections. It opens with three chapters that evaluate the philosophical case for (and against) the welfare state. Surveys of the welfare state's history and of the approaches taken to its study are followed by four extended sections, running to some thirty-five chapters in all, which offer a comprehensive and in-depth survey of our current state of knowledge across the whole range of issues that the welfare state embraces. The first of these sections looks at inputs and actors (including the roles of parties, unions, and employers), the impact of gender and religion, patterns of migration and a changing public opinion, the role of international organisations and the impact of globalisation. The next two sections cover policy inputs (in areas such as pensions, health care, disability, care of the elderly, unemployment, and labour market activation) and their outcomes (in terms of inequality and poverty, macroeconomic performance, and retrenchment). The seventh section consists of seven chapters which survey welfare state experience around the globe (and not just within the OECD). Two final chapters consider questions about the global future of the welfare state.

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  • social exclusion, income, poverty, social care services issues, social work issues, comparative research

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