Comparative Public Policy : Patterns of Post-War Transformation

Comparative Public Policy : Patterns of Post-War Transformation

by Francis Geoffrey Castles
     
 

Comparative Public Policy provides the first truly systematic and comprehensive account of the transformation of the postwar state in the advanced countries of the Western world. The author generates new research findings which show how the economic, social and political changes of the post-war era have reshaped modern public policy across the OECD region. Comparative… See more details below

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Comparative Public Policy provides the first truly systematic and comprehensive account of the transformation of the postwar state in the advanced countries of the Western world. The author generates new research findings which show how the economic, social and political changes of the post-war era have reshaped modern public policy across the OECD region. Comparative Public Policy is essential reading for students and scholars who wish to understand the dynamics of contemporary social and political development.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781858988160
Publisher:
Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/1998
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Prefatory note and acknowledgements
1Making sense of post-war public policy1
Objectives and approaches1
Structure and content5
Logic and method12
Problems and choices18
2Economy and society25
The legacy of World War II27
Post-war economic growth32
Trade amongst nations36
Occupational structure40
Urbanization44
Ageing of the population48
The religious factor52
3Institutions and ideology59
Democratization60
Class politics65
Left incumbency70
Right incumbency74
Institutions, constitutions and treaties78
A fractured modernity85
4The causes of big government97
The total outlays of government100
The total receipts of government119
Civilian public consumption expenditure128
5The welfare state146
Social security transfers149
Public health expenditure162
Public education expenditure174
6The state and the labour market195
Male labour force participation197
Female labour force participation213
Unemployment227
7Public policy and the personal248
Home ownership249
Fertility264
Divorce278
8Patterns of post-war public policy300
Does modernity matter?301
When and why politics matters306
On patterns of convergence and catch-up312
Concerning family matters316
The future of the state321
References324
Index343

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