The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State

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"'This new Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State represents state-of-the-art scholarship on one of the most important institutions of our times. The Handbook brings together the world's leading authorities from many disciplines and provides an exhaustive and yet easily accessible treatment of the complete range of issues relevant for understanding welfare states. The volume has simply no rival, be it in termes of intellectual breadth or scholarly quality---a truly impressive addition to OUP's fantastic Handbook series.' Gosta Esping-Andersen, Professor of Sociology, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona" "'This is not a book for the faint-hearted, nor for those looking for welfare-state lite. Instead, this large coherent volume offers a rich array of talented authors applying diverse approaches---historical, philosophical, political, sociological, and economic---to analysing and comparing welfare states around the world and to offering a powerful reassertion of their resilience and their importance in a modern economy.' Nicholas Barr, Professor of Public Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science" "'The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State, written by an impressive array of scholars, is THE book to read to understand the welfare state in all its complexity, from philosophical foundations to methodological and substantive theories, from policies and processes to actors and institutions, and from established welfare states to emerging ones.' Vivien A. Schmidt, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration, Boston University." "A compendium of works by prominent thinkers in contemporary welfare state research, this Handbook is a unique guide to current trends in one of the most crucial and contested areas of social and political development." "Oxford Handbooks offer authoritative and up-to-date surveys of original research in a particular subject area. Specially commissioned essays from leading figures in the discipline give critical examinations of the progress and direction of debates. as well as a foundation for future research. Oxford Handbooks provide scholars and graduate students with compelling new perspectives upon a wide range of subjects in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences." The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State is a definitive guide to the contemporary welfare state. It begins with an evaluation of the philosophical case for (and against) a welfare state. This is followed by accounts of the origins and history of welfare states; the approaches used in studying them; the many actors, components and policies they comprise; and the full range of results achieved. The last sections of the book describe the different types of welfare state that have developed around the world and take a look at their prospects for the future.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199579396
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/10/2010
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 912
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

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


2 Ethics Stuart White White, Stuart 19

3 Intellectual Roots Matthieu Leimgruber Leimgruber, Matthieu 32

4 Critics and Beyond Fiona Ross Ross, Fiona 45


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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