The Politics of Social Solidarity: Class Bases of the European Welfare State, 1875-1975 / Edition 1

The Politics of Social Solidarity: Class Bases of the European Welfare State, 1875-1975 / Edition 1

by Peter Baldwin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521428939

ISBN-13: 9780521428934

Pub. Date: 04/28/1992

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book examines the social bases of the European welfare state, and the interests developed in or against social policy by various classes of society, during the period 1875-1975 in Britain, France, Germany, Denmark, and Sweden. By analyzing the competing concerns of different social "actors" that lie behind the evolution of social policy, it explains why some…  See more details below

Overview

This book examines the social bases of the European welfare state, and the interests developed in or against social policy by various classes of society, during the period 1875-1975 in Britain, France, Germany, Denmark, and Sweden. By analyzing the competing concerns of different social "actors" that lie behind the evolution of social policy, it explains why some nations had an easy time in developing a generous and solidaristic welfare state while others fought long and entrenched battles. In particular, the book examines the period after the Second World War and looks in detail at the state developed by the bourgeoisie in welfare policies. By casting its net across five nations and a whole century, the book attempts to establish a broad logic of interest behind the welfare state based on a very extensive range of archival material.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521428934
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/1992
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. The origins of the solidaristic welfare state: Scandinavia; 2. The triumph of the solidaristic welfare state: Britain and Scandinavia; 3. The failure of the solidaristic welfare state: France and Germany; 4. From Beveridge back to Bismarck: the superannuation issue; 5. Solidarity by the back door; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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