The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State

The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State

by Francis G. Castles
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199579393

ISBN-13: 9780199579396

Pub. Date: 09/10/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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 Handbook is divided into eight sections.

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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 Handbook 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 globalization. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199579396
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/10/2010
Series:
Oxford Handbooks Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
912
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.80(h) x 2.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
About the Contributors
Preface, Stephan Leibfried
A Note on the Jacket Illustration, Stephan Leibfried
1. Introduction, Francis G. Castles, Stephan Leibfried, Jane Lewis, Herbert Obinger, and Christopher Pierson
Part I Philosophical Justifications and Critiques of the Welfare State
2. Ethics, Stuart White
3. Intellectual Roots, Christopher Pierson and Matthieu Leimgruber
4. Critics and Beyond, Desmond King & Fiona Ross
Part II History
5. The Emergence of the Western Welfare State, Stein Kuhnle & Anne Sander
6. Post-War Welfare State Development, Frank Nullmeier & Frank-Xaver Kaufmann
Part III Approaches
7. Research Methods, Edwin Amenta & Alexander Hicks
8. Public and Private Social Welfare, Willem Adema & Peter Whiteford
9. Families versus State and Market, Mary Daly
10. Disciplinary Perspectives, Einar Overbye
Part IV Inputs and Actors
11. Needs and Risks, Jan Zutavern & Martin Kohli
12. Democracy and Capitalism, Torben Iversen
13. Unions and Employers, Bernhard Ebbinghaus
14. Parties, Manfred G. Schmidt
15. Political Institutions, Ellen M. Immergut
16. Public Attitudes, Stefan Svallfors
17. Gender, Ann Shola Orloff
18. Religion, Kees van Kersbergen & Philip Manow
19. Migration and Ethnic Minorities, Stephen Castles & Carl-Ulrik Schierup
20. European Union, Gerda Falkner
21. Intergovernmental Organizations, Klaus Armingeon
22. Globalization, Duane Swank
Part V Policies
23. Social Expenditure and Revenues, Herbert Obinger & Uwe Wagschal
24. Old-Age Pensions, Karl Hinrichs & Julia Lynch
25. Health, Richard Freeman & Heinz Rothgang
26. Long-term Care, August Oesterle & Heinz Rothgang
27. Work Accident and Sickness Benefits, Olli Kangas
28. Disability, Mark Priestley
29. Unemployment Insurance, Joakim Palme, Eero Carroll & Ola Sjoberg
30. Labour Market Activation, Lane Kenworthy
31. Social Assistance, Thomas Bahle, Michaela Pfeifer & Claus Wendt
32. Family Benefits and Services, Jonathan Bradshaw & Naomi Finch
33. Housing, Tony Fahey & Michelle Norris
34. Education, Marius R. Busemeyer & Rita Nikolai
Part VI Policy Outcomes
35. Social Rights of Citizenship, John Stephens
36. Inequality and Poverty, Peter Saunders
37. Macroeconomic Outcomes, Isabela Mares
38. Welfare Retrenchment, Jonah Levy
Part VII Worlds of Welfare
39. Models of the Welfare State, Wilhelm A. Arts & John Gelissen
Established Welfare States
40. The Nordic Countries, Mikko Kautto
41. Continental Western Europe, Bruno Palier
42. The South European Countries, Maurizio Ferrera
43. The English-speaking Countries, Francis G. Castles
Emerging Welfare States
44. Latin America, Evelyne Huber & Juan Bogliaccini
45. East Asia, Ito Peng & Joseph Wong
46. Eastern Europe and Russia, Linda. J. Cook
Part VIII Prospects
47. The Sustainability of Western Welfare States, Howard Glennerster
48. The Global Future of Welfare States, Ian Gough & Goran Therborn

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