Incomplete Revolution: Adapting Welfare States to Women's New Roles / Edition 1

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Our future depends very much on how we respond to three great challenges of the new century, all of which threaten to increase social inequality: first, how we adapt institutions to the new role of women - the 'incomplete revolution' of our time; second, how we prepare our children for the knowledge economy; and, third, how we respond to the new demography, in particular low fertility and an ageing population.

In this new book Gøsta Esping-Andersen - the leading analyst of the welfare state - examines how different societies have responded to these challenges. It focuses especially on the quest for gender equality, on the role of families in the reproduction of social inequalities, and on major inquities associated with an ageing population. Through comparative analysis he seeks to identify the kinds of welfare state reform that can optimize not only individuals' life chances but also collective welfare. The intellectual ambition is, in other words, to identify the mainsprings of a new and superior form of social equilibrium.

This book will be of great interest to anyone concerned with gender and the changing role of women, with social and public policy, and with the future of the welfare state.

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Editorial Reviews

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'An outstanding contribution to contemporary debates about thefuture direction of the welfare state in the advanced Westernworld...Esping-Andersen writes extremely lucidly and well and bothhis thesis and his recommendations are very plausible. This is thekind of book that makes one feel that the sociological enterprisereally is worthwhile.'
Political Studies Review

'The Incomplete Revolution strongly enhances ourunderstanding of the making and unmaking of unequal life chances.And last but not least, it is a surprisingly entertainingread.'
European Sociological Review

'Esping-Andersen's book confirms his position as one of the mostbrilliant social scientists of the last decades. His latest work isan invaluable contribution which helps to bridge the gap betweendemography, public policy and sociology, and provide acomprehensive frame of reference for understanding the potentialrevolutionary impact of the changing role of women.'
Work, Employment and Society

'A fascinating book. Esping-Andersen's contention that goodpolicy reforms must begin with babies is provocative, imaginativeand timely. A bold exposition of the unplanned consequences forfamily, fertility and ageing of the incomplete revolution ofwomen's new roles.'
Professor Jacqueline Scott, University of Cambridge

'In this sweeping and provocative new book, GostaEsping-Andersen brilliantly pulls together evidence fromdemography, economics, sociology, and child development to arguethat the revolution in women’s roles, if not addressed byreforms to the welfare state, will lead to increased inequality forcurrent and future generations.'
Jane Waldfogel, Columbia University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745643151
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gosta Esping-Andersen is Professor of Sociology at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations vi

Acknowledgements viii

Introduction 1

Part I The Challenges 17

1 Families and the Revolution in Women's Roles 19

2 The New Inequalities 55

Part II Welfare State Adaptation 75

3 Adapting Family Policy to the Female Revolution 77

4 Investing in Children and Equalizing Life Chances 111

5 Ageing and Equity 145

An Afterword 167

References 175

Name Index 197

Subject Index 201

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