The Political Economy of European Welfare Capitalism

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Palgrave Macmillan, Jul 19, 2012 - Political Science - 280 pages
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In this state-of-the-art work, Colin Hay and Daniel Wincott reassess welfare provision across the whole of Europe – East, West and Central – and at the national and EU level. The book challenges much conventional wisdom about the welfare state, including the widely accepted notion of a 'golden age' of welfare, the idea of a challenge posed by globalization, and the notion of the welfare state as a burden on competitiveness and a drain on economic performance.

The authors put forward an alternative analysis of European welfare capitalism which highlights the importance of European economic integration, domestic political dynamics and demographic change in determining welfare trajectories. They conclude with a compelling account of the challenges to which European welfare states must respond if they are to survive in the new era of public austerity.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 European Welfare Capitalism in Good Times and Bad
8
2 Varieties of European Welfare Capitalism
33
3 Globalisation Europeanisation and the Welfare State
66
4 Competitiveness and the Welfare State
97
5 European Integration and Welfare Capitalism
131
6 Convergence and Divergence in European Welfare Capitalism
164
7 European Welfare Capitalism in Hard Times
194
Bibliography
227
Index
257
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COLIN HAY is Professor of Political Analysis and Co-Director of the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Sheffield, UK.
DANIEL WINCOTT is Blackwell Professor of Law and Society at Cardiff University Law School and co-Chair of the Wales Governance Centre.