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The Future of the Welfare State: Crisis Myths and Crisis Realities

Francis G. Castles

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
November 2004
ISBN:
9780199270170
eISBN:
9780191601514
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199270171.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Economy

This book uses data from 21 OECD countries for the period 1980 to 1998 to test a variety of hypotheses suggesting that contemporary welfare states are in crisis and to establish the factors shaping ... More


On Crises, Myths, and Measurement

Francis G. Castles

in The Future of the Welfare State: Crisis Myths and Crisis Realities

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
November 2004
ISBN:
9780199270170
eISBN:
9780191601514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199270171.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Economy

Explores the themes of what follows. It argues that the welfare state literature of the past quarter century has been big on crisis theories of the welfare state and much weaker on facts. The chapter ... More


A Race to the Bottom?

Francis G. Castles

in The Future of the Welfare State: Crisis Myths and Crisis Realities

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
November 2004
ISBN:
9780199270170
eISBN:
9780191601514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199270171.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Political Economy

This chapter focuses on the argument that recent years have seen a ‘race to the bottom’ in social spending. Using comparative data from 21 OECD countries, it shows that social spending has been ... More


Introduction

Gøsta Esping‐Andersen

in Social Foundations of Postindustrial Economies

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198742005
eISBN:
9780191599163
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198742002.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

Starts by discussing the perennial welfare state crisis, making the point that the contemporary crisis differs notably from its forebears. Rigidity is an endogenous symptom of the crisis, and the ... More


New Social Risks in Old Welfare States

Gøsta Esping‐Andersen

in Social Foundations of Postindustrial Economies

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198742005
eISBN:
9780191599163
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198742002.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

The introduction discusses the idea of a mature welfare state, and shows that the welfare state of the 1970s can be regarded as mature basically because few, if any, major changes have occurred since ... More


Social Risks and Welfare States

Gøsta Esping‐Andersen

in Social Foundations of Postindustrial Economies

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198742005
eISBN:
9780191599163
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198742002.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

This chapter and the previous one revisit the political economy within which post‐war welfare regimes emerged, matured, and, now appear crisis‐ridden. Here, an analysis is made of social risks and ... More


Recasting Welfare Regimes for a Postindustrial Era

Gøsta Esping‐Andersen

in Social Foundations of Postindustrial Economies

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198742005
eISBN:
9780191599163
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198742002.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

The introduction to this chapter discusses the question of why nations respond so differently to a set of social risks that are similar over various countries, and analyses three typical homines: ... More


The Welfare State in a Changing World

Nicholas Barr

in The Welfare State as Piggy Bank: Information, Risk, Uncertainty, and the Role of the State

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199246595
eISBN:
9780191595936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199246599.003.0016
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Public and Welfare

The world is changing: real incomes are rising, income disparity is increasing, family structures are becoming more fluid, the population is ageing, and information and capital flows across national ... More


From Solution to Problem: The Welfare State as a System

Peter C. Caldwell

in Democracy, Capitalism, and the Welfare State: Debating Social Order in Postwar West Germany, 1949-1989

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780198833819
eISBN:
9780191872198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198833819.003.0006
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Economic History

The 1970s and 1980s saw two important changes in the West German discussion of the welfare state. First, global trade put direct economic pressure on expensive welfare states in the western world. ... More


Modernization and Its Discontents: The Sozialstaat in the Reform Era, 1963–73

Peter C. Caldwell

in Democracy, Capitalism, and the Welfare State: Debating Social Order in Postwar West Germany, 1949-1989

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780198833819
eISBN:
9780191872198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198833819.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Economic History

The period from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s has been characterized by historians as one of “planning euphoria.” This enthusiasm was especially evident in the Social Democrats’ ambitious plans ... More


Epilogue: Scandinavian policies of parenthood – a success story?

Anne Lise Ellingsæter and Arnlaug Leira

in Politicising parenthood in Scandinavia: Gender relations in welfare states

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9781861346452
eISBN:
9781447303015
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781861346452.003.0012
Subject:
Sociology, Marriage and the Family

This concluding chapter summarises the main trends in the approach of Nordic welfare states to work/family balance since the 1990s. It then considers one of the main questions addressed in this book: ... More


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