The Future of European Welfare

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European welfare states are currently under stress and the 'social contracts' that underpin them are being challenged. First, welfare spending has arguably 'grown to limits' in a number of countries while expanding everywhere in the 1990s in line with higher unemployment. Second, demographic change and the emergence of new patterns of family and working life are transforming the nature of 'needs'. Third, the economic context and the policy autonomy of nation states has been transformed by 'globalization'. This book considers the implications of these challenges for European welfare states at the end of the twentieth century with interdisciplinary contributions from first-rate political scientists, economists and sociologists including Paul Ormerod.


Acknowledgements Notes on the Contributors List of Tables and Charts Introduction: Europe's Social Contract under Stress; M. Rhodes & Y. Meny PART ONE: INTERPRETATIONS Unemployment and Social Exclusion: An Economic View; P. Ormerod Poverty and Social Exclusion: A Sociological View; S. Paugam Against Exclusion: the Poor and the Social Sciences; G. Procacci PART TWO: WELFARE SYSTEMS UNDER STRESS The Four 'Social Europes': Between Universalism and Selectivity; M. Ferrera The Evolution of Financial Poverty in Western Europe; K. Van Den Bosch In Defence of Welfare: Social Protection and Social Reform in Eastern Europe; U. Gotting PART THREE: WELFARE AND THE GLOBAL ARENA Negative and Positive Integration in the Political Economy of European Welfare States; F. Scharpf Globalisation, Labour Markets and Welfare States: A Future of 'Competitive Corporatism'?; M. Rhodes Global and Regional Agencies and the Making of Post-Communist Social Policy in Eastern Europe; B. Deacon PART FOUR: THE SEARCH FOR A NEW SOCIAL CONTRACT The Social Contract and the Problem of the Firm; C. Crouch European Social Citizenship: Why a New Social Contract Will (Probably) Not Happen; B. Jordan Some Sceptical Reflections on EU Citizenship as the Basis of a New Social Contract; C. Closa Index


CARLOS CLOSA Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Administration, Complutense University, Madrid
COLIN CROUCH Professor of Political and Social Science, European University Institute, Florence, Italy
BOB DEACON Professor of Social Policy and Director of the International Social Policy Research Unit, Leeds Metropolitan University
MAURIZIO FERRERA Professor of Public Policy and Administration, University of Pavia
ULRIKE GOTTING Research Fellow, Centre for Social Policy Research, University of Bremen
BILL JORDAN Professor of Social Policy, Department of Social Work and Probation Studies, University of Exeter
PAUL ORMEROD Chairman of Post-Orthodox Economics, London and Visiting Professor of Economics, University of Manchester
GIOVANNA PROCACCI Research Director, Department of Sociology, University of Milan
FRITZ SCHARPF Professor of Political Science, Max Planck Institute fur Gesellschaftsforschung, Cologne, Germany
KAREL VAN DEN BOSCH Centre for Social Policy, University of Antwerp
EAN: 9780312211950
ISBN: 0312211953
Untertitel: A New Social Contract?. biography. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Palgrave USA
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 1998
Seitenanzahl: 299 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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