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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 Paying for Social Rights 3
2 Poverty in the UK. A Comparison with Nineteen Other Countries 26
3 Social Protection Versus Tax Benefits 31
4 Hybrid or Unique?: The Japanese Welfare State Between Europe and America 75
5 Identifying Welfare State Regimes: The Links Between Politics, Instruments and Outcomes 86
6 How to Design a "Liberal" Welfare State: A Comparison of Canada and the United States 112
7 Beyond European Welfare Regimes: Comparative Perspectives on East Asian Welfare Systems 136
8 The Paradox of Redistribution and Strategies of Equality: Welfare State Institutions, Inequality, and Poverty in the Western Countries 154
9 Social Assistance in OECD Countries 183
10 The Development of Social Assistance and Unemployment Insurance in Germany and Japan 210
11 Beyond Social Security: The Economic Value of Giving Money to Unemployed People 235
12 Watching the Defectives: Observers of the Underclass in the USA, Britain and Australia 264
13 Gender and the Social Rights of Citizenship: The Comparative Analysis of Gender Relations and Welfare States 287
14 Dual Welfare and Sex Segregation of Access to Social Benefits: Income Maintenance Policies in the UK, the US, the Netherlands and Sweden 313
15 The "Southern Model" of Welfare in Social Europe 343
16 Gender, Cash and Informal Care: European Perspectives and Dilemmas 364
17 Conclusions 364
18 Welfare States Under Pressure: Cash Benefits in European Welfare States Over the Last Ten Years 393
19 Eurosclerosis in European Welfare States: Regime Theory and the Dynamics of Change 411
20 Politics Against Convergence? Current Trends in European Social Policy 411
21 A New Convergence? Recent Policy Developments in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand 443
22 Summary and Policy Implications 459
23 A Risky Strategy: Reflections on the World Bank Report Averting the Old Age Crisis 464
24 The Case of European Public Pension Systems Since 1950 482
Name Index 507
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