Welfare and Work in the Open Economy: Volume I: From Vulnerability to Competitiveness

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Overview

In this ground-breaking, two-volume study of the adjustment of advanced welfare states to international economic pressures, leading scholars detail the wide variety of responses in twelve countries. Volume I presents comparative analyses of differences in countries' vulnerabilities and capabilities, the effectiveness of their policy responses, and the role of values and discourse in the politics of adjustment. Volume II presents in-depth analyses of the experiences of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom as well as special studies on the participation of women in the labour market, early retirement, the liberalization of public services, and international tax competition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199240876
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/22/2001
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Max Plank Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne

Boston University

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction
2 Restructuring the British welfare state : between domestic constraints and global imperatives
3 Internationalization and two liberal welfare states : Australia and New Zealand
4 Switzerland : adjustment politics within institutional constraints
5 How small countries negotiate change - twenty-five years of policy adjustment in Austria, the Netherlands and Belgium
6 Adjusting badly : the German welfare state, structural change, and the open economy
7 France : directing adjustment?
8 Italy : rescue from without?
9 Sweden and Denmark : defending the welfare state
10 A fine balance : women's labor market participation in international comparison
11 Any way out of exit from work? : reversing the entrenched pathways of early retirement?
12 After liberalization : public-interest services and employment in the utilities
13 Adjusting national tax policy to economic internationalization - strategies and outcomes
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