Comparative public policy: patterns of post-war transformation

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Edward Elgar Publ., 1998 - Political Science - 352 pages
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Castles s book is an important contribution to comparative public policy, offering significant insight into policy areas over time and countries and providing a key source for any analysis of public policy. Martin Lodge, West European Politics This is a magisterial study by one of the leading international specialists in public policy research. . . . This is a compelling and convincing analysis and in its combination of scope, ambition and rigor is currently unchallenged. It is succinct, concise and undeviating from its central explanatory thesis. . . . it should be compulsory reading for professors. Martin Rhodes, American Political Science Review Castles s work is accessible and provides much data regarding public policy after World War II. Jim F. Couch, E.H. Net . . . a comprehensive, well organized work. . . . Castles s book is a comprehensive analysis of recent social processes. Ian Gough and Meir Shabat, Journal of European Social Policy . . . this book will serve as an extremely valuable source and guide for anybody interested in comparative public policy development between 1950 and the mid 1990s in OECD countries. . . . The ability to discuss the subject matter and argue his case within the space of 350 rather than 1,000 pages pays tribute to the author s considerable grasp of the material and concise presentation and discussion of data and analysis. Jochen Clasen, European Journal of Social Work . . . the author has achieved his goal of capturing the large picture of economic transformation and public policy in Western capitalism, post World War II. This book poses problems for all kinds of theories. Castles has simplified our empirical world while questioning our theoretical maps. The tables that at first sight appear off-putting have the compelling fascination of a Guinness Book of Records for grown ups. Not the least of its attractions is that it is an interesting read. Grant Jordan, Political Studies This innovative book presents a wealth of background data and a huge range of findings. This is a most scholarly text. Economic Outlook and Business Review Castles is one of the most prolific and innovative writers on welfare states and public policy and, once again, he does not disappoint. This book fills a huge vacuum in existing student texts. With great lucidity and tremendous reach, this book gives us a comparative, historical and cross-disciplinary panorama of postwar era public sector growth and, now, crisis. Few, if any, existing texts manage so well to present the leading questions, debates and the evidence so succinctly. It is bound to become a leading text for upper level students everywhere. Gosta Esping-Andersen, University of Trento, Italy Castles has written an accessible and comprehensive analysis of the evolution of public policy in the industrialized world since 1945. All students of comparative public policy will want to have this book close at hand as a ready guide and a source of superb statistical data to a complicated and fascinating set of policy issues. Peter J. Katzenstein, Cornell University, US Not the least of this book s many accomplishments is its contribution to our intellectual hygiene. Castles does a real public service by dispelling many myths, held by academics and neoliberal ideologues alike, about the role of "big government" in advanced societies. Claus Offe, Humboldt University, Germany Frank Castles has written a book that should be read by anyone interested in comparative public policy, and comparative politics more generally. It is a rare combination of analytic rigor and descriptive richness. It covers a broad sweep of countries, policy areas, and time, and sets a standard for books in public policy. B. Guy Peters, University of Pittsburgh, US Comparative Public Policy provides the first truly systematic and comprehensive account of the transformation of the post-war state in the advanced countries of the Western world. The author generates new rese

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