Federalism and the Welfare State: New World and European Experiences

Federalism and the Welfare State: New World and European Experiences

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Federalism and the Welfare State: New World and European Experiences

Unlike those who conclude that the marriage between federalism and the welfare state is one made in hell, Obinger (social policy research, U. of Bremen) and his U. of Bremen and Edinburgh co- editors view this union as a fortuitous one. They reach this conclusion after analyzing the historical context, study data, and pressures on social policy-making as mutually shaping policy and federalism in North America and Europe. It is noted that the coins and seals featured in chapter headings illustrate the rich history of federalist heraldry, whereas symbols for the welfare state have rarely been depicted in national currencies. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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ISBN-13: 9780521611848
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/30/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 378
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction: Federalism and the welfare state Herbert Obinger, Francis G. Castles and Stephan Leibfried; Part I. New World Experiences: 2. Australia - federal constraints and institutional innovations Francis G. Castles and John Uhr; 3. Canada - nation-building in a federal welfare Keith Banting; 4. The United States - federalism and counterfactuals Kenneth Finegold; Part II. European Experiences: 5. Austria - strong parties in a weak federal system Herbert Obinger; 6. Germany - cooperative federalism and the overgrazing of the fiscal commons Philip Manow; 7. Switzerland - the marriage of direct democracy and federalism Herbert Obinger, Klaus Armingeon, Giuliano Bonoli and Fabio Bertozzi; 8. Conclusion: old and new politics in federal welfare states Stephan Leibfried, Francis G. Castles and Herbert Obinger.

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