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Making Markets in the Welfare State: The Politics of Varying Market Reforms

Making Markets in the Welfare State: The Politics of Varying Market Reforms

by Jane R. Gingrich


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Over the past three decades, market reforms have transformed public services such as education, health and care of the elderly. Whereas previous studies present markets as having similar and largely non-political effects, this book shows that political parties structure markets in diverse ways to achieve distinct political aims. Left-wing attempts to sustain the legitimacy of the welfare state are compared with right-wing wishes to limit the state and empower the private sector. Examining a broad range of countries, time periods and policy areas, Jane Gingrich helps readers make sense of the complexity of market reforms in the industrialized world. The use of innovative multi-case studies and in-depth interviews with senior European policymakers enriches the debate and brings clarity to this multifaceted topic. Scholars and students working on the policymaking process in this central area will be interested in this new conceptualization of market reform.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107695573
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/20/2014
Series: Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Jane Gingrich is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. She received her PhD in 2007 from the University of California, Berkeley, and was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute from 2008 to 2009. Her research interests focus on comparative social policy, political parties and administrative reform.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Markets and politics; 3. The rise of markets; 4. Health care markets; 5. Education markets; 6. Markets in elderly care; 7. Conclusion.

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