The Real Worlds of Welfare Capitalismby Robert E. Goodin, Bruce Headey, Ruud Muffels, Henk-Jan Dirven
Pub. Date: 09/28/2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
The Real Worlds of Welfare Capitalism traces how individuals fare over time in each of the three principal types of welfare state. Through unique studies of Germany, the Netherlands and the United States, tracking individuals' socio-economic fate over ten years, the authors explore issues of economic growth and efficiency, of poverty and inequality, of social integration and social autonomy. The authors argue that the social democratic welfare regime of the Netherlands outperforms the corporatist German regime and the liberal US regime across all these social and economic objectives.
Table of ContentsPreface; Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction; Part I. Setting the Scene: 2. Reasons for welfare; 3. Alternative institutional designs; 4. National embodiments; 5. Background expectations; 6. Testing the theories with panels; Part II. One Standard of Success: External Moral Criteria: 7. Promoting efficiency; 8. Reducing poverty; 9. Promoting equality; 10. Promoting integration; 11. Promoting stability; 12. Promoting autonomy; Part III. Another Standard of Success: Internal Institutional Criteria: 13. The United States as a liberal welfare regime; 14. The Netherlands as a social democratic welfare regime; 15. Germany as a corporatist welfare regime; 16. Conclusions; Appendix tables; References; Index.
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