Dismantling the Welfare State?: Reagan, Thatcher and the Politics of Retrenchment / Edition 1

Dismantling the Welfare State?: Reagan, Thatcher and the Politics of Retrenchment / Edition 1

by Paul Pierson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521555701

ISBN-13: 9780521555708

Pub. Date: 09/29/1995

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book offers a careful examination of the politics of social policy in an era of austerity and conservative governance. Focusing on the administrations of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, Paul Pierson provides a compelling explanation for the welfare state's durability and for the few occasions where each government was able to achieve significant cutbacks.

Overview

This book offers a careful examination of the politics of social policy in an era of austerity and conservative governance. Focusing on the administrations of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, Paul Pierson provides a compelling explanation for the welfare state's durability and for the few occasions where each government was able to achieve significant cutbacks. The book will appeal to those interested in the politics of neo-conservatism as well as those concerned about the development of the modern welfare state. It will attract readers in the fields of comparative politics, public policy, and political economy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521555708
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/29/1995
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
213
Sales rank:
967,246
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Conservatives and the Welfare State; Part I. Analytical Foundations: 1. The logic of retrenchment; 2. The context for retrenchment politics; Part II. The Politics of Programmatic Retrenchment: 3. Retrenchment in a core sector: old age pensions; 4. Retrenchment in a vulnerable sector: housing; 5. Retrenchment in a residualized sector: income support; Part III. The Embattled Welfare State: 6. Reagan, Thatcher and the welfare state; 7. Social policy in an era of austerity.

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