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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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Editorial Reviews

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745635569
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/4/2006
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Pierson is professor of politics at the University of Nottingham, UK, and lead editor of the British Journal of Politics and International Relations. He is author of Beyond the Welfare State? 3rd edition (Polity, 2006).

Francis G. Castles is professor emeritus of social and public policy at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

Ingela K. Naumann is lecturer in social policy at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

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Table of Contents

Editors' Note
Editors' Introduction 1
I Approaches to Welfare
The First Welfare State? 11
The Welfare State in Historical Perspective 18
Citizenship and Social Class 32
Universalism versus Selection 42
What is Social Justice? 51
The Fiscal Crisis of the State 63
Some Contradictions of the Modern Welfare State 67
The Power Resources Model 77
The Meaning of the Welfare State 90
The Two Wars against Poverty 96
The New Politics of the New Poverty 107
Feminism and Social Policy 119
The Patriarchal Welfare State 133
II Debates and Issues
Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism 154
The Real Worlds of Welfare Capitalism 170
Towards a European Welfare State? 190
Is the European Social Model Fragmenting? 207
Social Welfare and Competitiveness 234
Negative Integration: States and the Loss of Boundary Control 254
Challenges to Welfare: External Constraints 257
National Economic Governance 263
Social Security around the World 271
On Averting the Old Age Crisis 281
Intergenerational Conflict and the Welfare State: American and British Perspectives 293
The New Politics of the Welfare State 309
Welfare State Retrenchment Revisited 320
III The Futures of Welfare
High-Risk Strategy 337
The Implications of Ecological Thought for Social Welfare 343
Basic Income and the Two Dilemmas of the Welfare State 355
The Welfare State and Postmodernity 360
Positive Welfare 369
Subject Index 380
Name Index 400
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