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Welfare States in Transition

Welfare States in Transition
National Adaptations in Global Economies

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May 1996 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This wide-ranging comparative analysis of contemporary and future changes in welfare states looks at the different trajectories of the welfare states of Europe, North America, the Antipodes, and the emerging scenarios in Latin America, East Asia and Central and Eastern Europe.

Leading experts on each of these regions examine the current structures of social protection, consider the causes of the current welfare state crisis and highlight evolving trends for welfare policy. Different welfare states are shown to manifest different forms of crisis. Among the symptoms of crisis, Welfare States in Transition suggests that the effect of popluation ageing is exaggerated, and an at least equally fundamental challenge lies in the revolution of the modern family and the changing economic role of women. The contributors are sceptical about the neo-liberal formula for reform, not only because it increases inequality but also because it does not address the growing need for an active social investment policy to ensure against entrapment in poverty or low-paid jobs.

Dharam Ghai
G[sl]osta Esping-Andersen
After the Golden Age? Welfare State Dilemmas in a Global Economy
John D Stephens
The Scandinavian Welfare States
Achievements, Crisis and Prospects

G[sl]osta Esping-Andersen
Welfare States without Work
The Impasse of Labour Shedding and Familialism in Continental European Social Policy

Francis G Castles
Needs-Based Strategies of Social Protection in Australia and New Zealand
John Myles
When Markets Fail
Social Welfare in Canada and the United States

Evelyne Huber
Options for Social Policy in Latin America
Neoliberal versus Social Democratic Models

Roger Goodman and Ito Peng
The East Asian Welfare States
Peripatetic Learning, Adaptive Change and Nation-Building

Guy Standing
Social Protection in Central and Eastern Europe
A Tale of Slipping Anchors and Torn Safety Nets

G[sl]osta Esping-Andersen
Positive-Sum Solutions in a World of Trade-Offs?

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