The Welfare State Reader

The Welfare State Reader

by Christopher Pierson
     
 

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The Welfare State Reader has rapidly established itself as a vital source of outstanding original research. In the second edition of this highly respected Reader, Pierson and Castles have comprehensively overhauled the content, bringing it wholly up to date with contemporary discussions about this most crucial area of social and political life. The book includes… See more details below

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The Welfare State Reader has rapidly established itself as a vital source of outstanding original research. In the second edition of this highly respected Reader, Pierson and Castles have comprehensively overhauled the content, bringing it wholly up to date with contemporary discussions about this most crucial area of social and political life. The book includes fifteen new and carefully edited selections, all reflecting the very latest thinking and research in welfare state studies. These readings are organized around a series of current debates - on welfare regimes, on globalization, on Europeanization, on demographic change and the political challenges of the new century. There are also two substantial sections devoted to the futures of welfare - assessing the new risks and new opportunities that confront policy-makers in an increasingly complex political environment. Each part, as well as the volume overall, is set in context by an editorial introduction.

As well as bringing together classic debates, The Welfare State Reader constitutes an invaluable guide to what is happening at the cutting edge of welfare research. Read either independently or alongside the third edition of Pierson's Beyond the Welfare State?, it will give the reader an unrivalled overview of debates surrounding the welfare state.

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"In this second and updated version of their Welfare State Reader, Pierson and Castles have collated a masterful compendium of classic texts and important recent contributions to the contemporary and comparative analysis of welfare states. Preceded by useful introductions to each section, the volume covers traditional theories and perspectives, evolving debates and new political responses to enduring and recent challenges to maintaining social policy provision at a large scale. The result is an essential and invaluable resource for students, teachers and researchers interested in the development and the future of modern welfare states."

Jochen Clasen, University of Edinburgh

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745622521
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/14/2000
Pages:
403
Product dimensions:
6.68(w) x 9.06(h) x 1.42(d)

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''As with previous editions, this Third Edition of The WelfareState Reader is a must for every student of the welfare state,whether approaching the topic through the lens of politicalscience, sociology or social policy.''
Martin Seeleib-Kaiser, University of Oxford

''The earlier versions of this book were so good that I couldnot imagine how to improve upon them. But Pierson, Castles andNaumann have proved me wrong. The value of this, the third edition,has been enhanced tremendously by its strong reorientation towardsthe dilemmas and difficulties that contemporary welfare statesface. This book will surely remain the cornerstone reading in anyrespectable social policy course worldwide.''
Gøsta Esping-Andersen, Pompeu Fabra University

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