International Public Policy Sourcebook

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The comparative study of international public policies and programs has assumed great significance over the past decade. One of the reasons for this trend is that government actions within many countries have been expanded in their scope and impact. As public demands for effective governnment provision have increased, modern welfare states are confronted with difficult issues. National governments must determine the most appropriate mix of public and private provision of services, the most effective strategies of government intervention, and the economic and social consequences of public intervention.

The countries selected for this study represent a wide range of socioeconomic and political backgrounds and all possess mature welfare state systems. With the exception of Israel, the eight countries examined are members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); this is particularly useful to this study because the organization collects standard public revenue and expenditure information for its member nations. In this volume, each country is analyzed from the perspective of its policies on health and social welfare. Each chapter follows the same general format of analysis: a brief history of policy development, current strategies of intervention, an evaluation, and implications for the future. This systematic study will prove to be an invaluable source of information for government officials, policy makers, public welfare agencies, and students in the social and political sciences.

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Editorial Reviews

The first of a two-volume set which will cover eight countries (Canada, France, FRG, Israel, Japan, Sweden, UK, US) and four policy issues: health and social welfare policy (v.1); and educational and environmental policy (v.2). The countries selected for this study represent a wide range of socioeconomic and political backgrounds and all possess mature welfare state systems. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313249075
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/23/1989
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 0.81 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

JACK PAUL DESARIO is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland.

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Table of Contents

The Comparative Study of International Public Policy

Health Policy Introduction

Canada by David J. Falcone and William Mishler

Federal Republic of Germany by Christa Altenstetter

France by Martine Marie De Ridder

Israel by Sondra Z. Koff

Japan by William E. Steslicke

Sweden by Darryl T. Gray and Duncan Neuhauser

United Kingdon by Howard Leichter

United States by Jack P. DeSario and Roger Ritvo

Social Welfare Policy


Canada by Mark Bartholomew

Federal Republic of Germany by Kenneth M. Holland

France by Gary P. Freeman

Israel by Gideon Doron with Sara Levitov

Japan by Steven R. Reed

Sweden by Merl C. Hokenstad

United Kingdon by B. Guy and Saundra K. Schneider

United States by Gary M. Klass



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