The Future of the Welfare State: Crisis Myths and Crisis Realities / Edition 1

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"Written by one of the world's leading policy researchers, this book seeks to assess the threat posed to modern welfare states by globalization and demographic change. Using empirical methods, and bringing together insights from across the social sciences, Castles interrogates a range of theories suggesting that the welfare state is in crisis. Systematically using data from twenty-one advanced OECD nations, he distinguishes crisis myths from crisis realities, locating, in the process, likely trajectories of welfare state development in coming decades." This is a book with significant policy implications. It identifies the factors likely to mould welfare state growth and decline in future years, and the diverse problems and challenges confronting welfare state policy-makers in different families of nations. It is a book for those who like assessing evidence before jumping to unwarranted conclusions, and a book for those who wish to see 'the shape of things to come'.
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"Castles' mastery of the complexity of the debates on the welfare state crisis is superb in its simplicity. Castles' objective to enhance modeling an focus on the comparability of data is a positive advance. His account is a spirited contribution." --Comparative Politics

"A balanced discussion such as this book provides is not easy to find. ...Castles avoids ideology, instead using empirical evidence."--Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199273928
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 9/9/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.04 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

1 On crises, myths, and measurement 1
2 A race to the bottom? 21
3 The structure of social provision 47
4 A European welfare state convergence? 73
5 Explaining expenditure outcomes 93
6 Population ageing and the public purse 117
7 Birth-rate blues : a real crisis in the making? 141
8 Towards a steady-state welfare state? 167
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