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The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State is the authoritative and definitive guide to the contemporary welfare state. In a volume consisting of nearly fifty newly-written chapters, a broad range of the world's leading scholars offer a comprehensive account of everything one needs to know about the modern welfare state. The book is divided into eight sections. It opens with three chapters that evaluate the philosophical case for (and against) the welfare state. Surveys of
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Overview

The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State is the authoritative and definitive guide to the contemporary welfare state. In a volume consisting of nearly fifty newly-written chapters, a broad range of the world's leading scholars offer a comprehensive account of everything one needs to know about the modern welfare state. The book is divided into eight sections. It opens with three chapters that evaluate the philosophical case for (and against) the welfare state. Surveys of
the welfare state's history and of the approaches taken to its study are followed by four extended sections, running to some thirty-five chapters in all, which offer a comprehensive and in-depth survey of our current state of knowledge across the whole range of issues that the welfare state embraces. The first
of these sections looks at inputs and actors (including the roles of parties, unions, and employers), the impact of gender and religion, patterns of migration and a changing public opinion, the role of international organisations and the impact of globalisation. The next two sections cover policy inputs (in areas such as pensions, health care, disability, care of the elderly, unemployment, and labour market activation) and their outcomes (in terms of inequality and poverty, macroeconomic
performance, and retrenchment). The seventh section consists of seven chapters which survey welfare state experience around the globe (and not just within the OECD). Two final chapters consider questions about the global future of the welfare state.

The individual chapters of the Handbook are written in an informed but accessible way by leading researchers in their respective fields giving the reader an excellent and truly up-to-date knowledge of the area under discussion. Taken together, they constitute a comprehensive compendium of all that is best in contemporary welfare state research and a unique guide to what is happening now in this most crucial and contested area of social and political development.
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Francis G. Castles is Professor Emeritus at the University of Edinburgh and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the Research School of Social Sciences at Australian National University and at the Center for Social Policy Research (CeS) in Bremen.

Stephan Leibfried is Professor of Public Policy at the University of Bremen, Director of the Collaborative Research Center "Transformations of the State" (TranState) and member of the Unit History and Institutions of the Center for Social Policy Research (CeS) there.

Jane Lewis is Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science, a Fellow of the British Academy, and a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Herbert Obinger is Professor of Comparative Public and Social Policy at the University of Bremen, directs the Unit History and Institutions of the Center for Social Policy Research (CeS) and directs two projects in the Collaborative Research Center "Transformations of the State" (TranState).

Christopher Pierson is Professor of Politics at the University of Nottingham and Director of Teaching and Lead Editor of the British Journal of Politics and International Relations.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables

List of Figures

Select List of Abbreviations

About the Contributors

Preface Stephan Leibfried Leibfried, Stephan

Note on the Jacket Illustration Stephan Leibfried Leibfried, Stephan

1 Introduction Christopher Pierson Pierson, Christopher 1

PART I PHILOSOPHICAL JUSTIFICATIONS AND CRITIQUES OF THE WELFARE STATE

2 Ethics Stuart White White, Stuart 19

3 Intellectual Roots Matthieu Leimgruber Leimgruber, Matthieu 32

4 Critics and Beyond Fiona Ross Ross, Fiona 45

PART II HISTORY

5 The Emergence of the Western Welfare State Anne Sander Sander, Anne 61

6 Post-War Welfare State Development Franz-Xaver Kaufmann Kaufmann, Franz-Xaver 81

PART III APPROACHES

7 Research Methods Alexander Hicks Hicks, Alexander 105

8 Public and Private Social Welfare Peter Whiteford Whiteford, Peter 121

9 Families versus State and Market Mary Daly Daly, Mary 139

10 Disciplinary Perspectives Einar Øverbye Øverbye, Einar 152

PART IV INPUTS AND ACTORS

11 Needs and Risks in the Welfare State Martin Kohli Kohli, Martin 169

12 Democracy and Capitalism Torben Iversen Iversen, Torben 183

13 Unions and Employers Bernhard Ebbinghaus Ebbinghaus, Bernhard 196

14 Parties Manfred G. Schmidt Schmidt, Manfred G. 211

15 Political Institutions Ellen M. Immergut Immergut, Ellen M. 227

16 Public Attitudes Stefan Svallfors Svallfors, Stefan 241

17 Gender Ann Shola Orloff Orloff, Ann Shola 252

18 Religion Philip Manow Manow, Philip 265

19 Migration and Ethnic Minorities Carl-Ulrik Schierup Schierup, Carl-Ulrik 278

20 European Union Gerda Falkner Falkner, Gerda 292

21 Intergovernmental Organizations Klaus Armingeon Armingeon, Klaus 306

22 Globalization Duane Swank Swank, Duane 318

PART V POLICIES

23 Social Expenditure and Revenues Uwe Wagschal Wagschal, Uwe 333

24 Old-Age Pensions Julia F. Lynch Lynch, Julia F. 353

25 Health Heinz Rothgang Rothgang, Heinz 367

26 Long-Term Care Heinz Rothgang Rothgang, Heinz 378

27 Work Accident and Sickness Benefits Olli Kangas Kangas, Olli 391

28 Disability Mark Priestley Priestley, Mark 406

29 Unemployment Insurance Eero Carroll Carroll, Eero 420

30 Labour Market Activation Lane Kenworthy Kenworthy, Lane 435

31 Social Assistance Claus Wendt Wendt, Claus 448

32 Family Benefits and Services Naomi Finch Finch, Naomi 462

33 Housing Michelle Norris Norris, Michelle 479

34 Education Rita Nikolai Nikolai, Rita 494

PART VI POLICY OUTCOMES

35 The Social Rights of Citizenship John D. Stephens Stephens, John D. 511

36 Inequality and Poverty Peter Saunders Saunders, Peter 526

37 Macroeconomic Outcomes Isabela Mares Mares, Isabela 539

38 Welfare Retrenchment Jonah D. Levy Levy, Jonah D. 552

PART VII WORLDS OF WELFARE

39 Models of the Welfare State John Gelissen Gelissen, John 569

ESTABLISHED WELFARE STATES

40 The Nordic Countries Mikko Kautto Kautto, Mikko 586

41 Continental Western Europe Bruno Palier Palier, Bruno 601

42 The South European Countries Maurizio Ferrera Ferrera, Maurizio 616

43 The English-Speaking Countries Francis G. Castles Castles, Francis G. 630

EMERGING WELFARE STATES

44 Latin America Juan Bogliaccini Bogliaccini, Juan 644

45 East Asia Joseph Wong Wong, Joseph 656

46 Eastern Europe and Russia Linda J. Cook Cook, Linda J. 671

PART VIII PROSPECTS

47 The Sustainability of Western Welfare States Howard Glennerster Glennerster, Howard 689

48 The Global Future of Welfare States Goran Therborn Therborn, Goran 703

References 721

Subject Index 821

Name Index 861

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