OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State

ISBN : 9780199579396

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¥18,260
Author: 
Francis G. Castles; Stephan Leibfried; Jane Lewis; Herbert Obinger; Christopher Pierson
Pages
912 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
175 x 254 mm
Pub date
Jul 2010
Series
Oxford Handbooks in Political Science and International Relations
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The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State is the authoritative and definitive guide to the contemporary welfare state. In a volume consisting of nearly fifty newly-written chapters, 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. The individual chapters of the Handbook are written in an informed but accessible way by leading researchers in their respective fields giving the reader an excellent and truly up-to-date knowledge of the area under discussion. Taken together, they constitute a comprehensive compendium of all that is best in contemporary welfare state research and a unique guide to what is happening now in this most crucial and contested area of social and political development.

Index: 

List of Tables and Figures
About the Contributors
Preface
A Note on the Jacket Illustration
1. Introduction
PART I PHILOSOPHICAL JUSTIFICATIONS AND CRITIQUES OF THE WELFARE STATE
2. Ethics
3. Intellectual Roots
4. Critics and Beyond
PART II HISTORY
5. The Emergence of the Western Welfare State
6. Post-War Welfare State Development
PART III APPROACHES
7. Research Methods
8. Public and Private Social Welfare
9. Families versus State and Market
10. Disciplinary Perspectives
PART IV INPUTS AND ACTORS
11. Needs and Risks
12. Democracy and Capitalism
13. Unions and Employers
14. Parties
15. Political Institutions
16. Public Attitudes
17. Gender
18. Religion
19. Migration and Ethnic Minorities
20. European Union
21. Intergovernmental Organizations
22. Globalization
PART V POLICIES
23. Social Expenditure and Revenues
24. Old-Age Pensions
25. Health
26. Long-term Care
27. Work Accident and Sickness Benefits
28. Disability
29. Unemployment Insurance
30. Labour Market Activation
31. Social Assistance
32. Family Benefits and Services
33. Housing
34. Education
PART VI POLICY OUTCOMES
35. Social Rights of Citizenship
36. Inequality and Poverty
37. Macroeconomic Outcomes
38. Welfare Retrenchment
PART VII WORLDS OF WELFARE
39. Models of the Welfare State
Established Welfare States
40. The Nordic Countries
41. Continental Western Europe
42. The South European Countries
43. The English-speaking Countries
Emerging Welfare States
44. Latin America
45. East Asia
46. Eastern Europe and Russia
PART VIII PROSPECTS
47. The Sustainability of Western Welfare States
48. The Global Future of Welfare States

About the author: 

Francis G. Castles is Professor Emeritus at the University of Edinburgh and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the Research School of Social Sciences at Australian National University and at the Center for Social Policy Research (CeS) in Bremen.; Stephan Leibfried is Professor of Public Policy at the University of Bremen, Director of the Collaborative Research Center Transformations of the State (TranState) and member of the Unit History and Institutions of the Center for Social Policy Research (CeS) there.; Jane Lewis is Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science, a Fellow of the British Academy, and a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.; Herbert Obinger is Professor of Comparative Public and Social Policy at the University of Bremen, directs the Unit History and Institutions of the Center for Social Policy Research (CeS) and directs two projects in the Collaborative Research Center Transformations of the State (TranState).; Christopher Pierson is Professor of Politics at the University of Nottingham and Director of Teaching and Lead Editor of the British Journal of Politics and International Relations.

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