The Welfare State Reader

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Christopher Pierson, Francis Geoffrey Castles
Polity, 2006 - Political Science - 492 pages
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The Welfare State Reader has rapidly established itself as vital source of outstanding original research. In the second edition of this highly respected reader, Pierson and Castles have comprehensively overhauled the content, bringing it wholly up-to-date with contemporary discussions about this most crucial area of social and political life. The book includes almost twenty new carefully-edited selections, all reflecting the very latest thinking and research in welfare state studies. These readings are organised around a series of current debates – on welfare regimes, on globalization, on Europeanization, on demographic change and the political challenges of the new century. There are also two substantial sections devoted to the future of welfare – assessing the new risks and new opportunities that confront policy-makers in an increasingly complex political environment. Each section, as well as the volume overall, is set in context by an editorial introduction.

As well as bringing together classic debates, The Welfare State Reader constitutes an invaluable guide to what is happening at the cutting-edge of welfare research. Read either independently or alongside he third edition of Pierson’s Beyond the Welfare State?, it will give the reader an unrivalled overview of debates surrounding the welfare state.

 

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Contents

The First Welfare State? Thomas Paine
9
Citizenship and Social Class T H Marshall
30
What is Social Justice? Commission on Social Justice
50
Some Contradictions of the Modern Welfare State Claus Offe
66
The Meaning of the Welfare State Friedrich von Hayek
90
The New Politics of the New Poverty Lawrence M Mead
107
Feminism and Social Policy Mary McIntosh
120
The Patriarchal Welfare State Carole Pateman
134
The Open Method of Coordination and the European
289
Looking Forward
309
The Global Retirement Crisis Richard Jackson
325
The New Politics of the Welfare State Paul Pierson
348
Four Problems in Current Welfare
358
THE FUTURES OF WELFARE
375
Providing Coverage
389
Rethinking
408

DEBATES AND ISSUES
153
Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism or More?
175
States and the Loss of Boundary
223
Politics
246
Deliberative Governance and EU Social Policy Paul Teague
269
A Welfare State for the TwentyFirst Century
434
Transformations
455
Basic Income and the Two Dilemmas of the Welfare State
473
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C. Pierson, Professor of Politics at the University of Nottingham

F. Castles, Professor of Social and Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh

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