The Welfare State Reader / Edition 2

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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

C. Pierson, Professor of Politics at the University of Nottingham

F. Castles, Professor of Social and Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh

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Table of Contents


Editors' Note.

Editors' Introduction to the Second Edition.

Part I Approaches to Welfare.

The First Welfare State? (Thomas Paine).


The Welfare State in Historical Perspective. (Asa Briggs).

Citizenship and Social Class. (T.H. Marshall).

Universalism versus Selection. (Richard Titmuss).

Perspec tives on the Left.

What is Social Justice? (Commission on Social Justice).

The Fiscal Crisis of the State. (James O’Connor).

Some Contradictions of the Modern Welfare State. (Claus Offe).

The Power Resources Model. (Walter Korpi).

Responses from the Right.

The Meaning of the Welfare State. (Friedrich von Hayek).

The Two Wars against Poverty. (Charles Murray).

The New Politics of the New Poverty. (Lawrence M. Mead).


Feminism and Social Policy. (Mary McIntosh).

The Patriarchal Welfare State. (Carole Pateman).

Part II Debates and Issues.

Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism. (Gosta Esping-Anderson).

Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism or More? A State-of-the-Art Report. (Wil Arts and John Gelissen).


Globalization, Economic Change and the Welfare State: The ‘Vexatious Inquisition of Taxation? (Colin Hay).

Negative Integration: States and the Loss of Boundary Control. (Fritaz Scharpf).

A Race to the Bottom. (Francis G. Castles).


Welfare-State Regress in Western Europe: Politics, Institutions, Globilization, and Europeanization. (Walter Korpi).

Deliberative Governance and EU Social Policy. (Paul Teague).

The Open Method of Co-ordination and the European Welfare State. (Damian Chalmers and Martin Lodge).

Demographic Challenges to the Welfare State.

Population Ageing: An Unavoidable Future. (David Coleman).

The Evolving Concept of ‘Retirement’: Lokking Forward to th Year 2050. (James H. Schulz).

The Global Retirement Crisis. (Richard Jackson).

Gender Equity in Theories of Fertility Transition. (Peter McDonald).

Political Challenges.

The New Politics of the Welfare State. (Paul Pierson).

Beyond Retrenchment: Four Problems in Current Welfare State Research and One Suggestion on How to Overcome Them. (Bruno Palier).

Part III The Futures of Welfare.

A New Worl of Welfare.

Positive Welfare. (Anthony Giddens).

The Politics of the New Social Policies: Providing Coverage against New Social Risks in Mature Welfare States. (Giuliano Bonoli).

Beyond Universalism and 2articularism: Rethinking Contemporary Welfare Theory. (Nick Ellison).

Ways Ahead?.

A Welfare State for the Twenty-First Century. (Gosta Esping-Andersen).

Investing in the Citizenship and the State under New Labour. (Ruth Lister).

Basic Income and the Two Dilemmas of the Welfare State. (Philippe van Parjis).


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