Middle Class and Welfare State: Making Sense of an Ambivalent Relationship, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Middle Class and Welfare State

Making Sense of an Ambivalent Relationship, 1st Edition

By Marlon Barbehön, Marilena Geugjes, Michael Haus

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256 pages

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Description

This book examines the relationship between the middle class and the welfare state.

Taking an interpretive approach which understands the middle class as a socially constructed category, it combines discourse analysis, welfare state theory, and interpretive policy analysis in an innovative way to investigate how the middle class becomes a meaningful object of public debates and policy-making. Comparing Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, the book reconstructs the prevalent images and meanings of the middle class from each country’s public debates and tracks how the middle classes with their various meanings and characteristics are entangled with the identification of societal problems, the articulation of political demands, and the construction of welfare policies. Ultimately, it shows how the formation and consolidation of different welfare regimes can be interpreted as specific ways of solving the puzzle of how to incorporate the middle class in the construction of a welfare state consensus.

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of comparative welfare state research, policy analysis, political sociology, political theory, and European and comparative politics.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The Middle Class: A Constructivist Perspective

2. Middle Class and Social and Political Theory: Old Heritage, Contemporary Variations

3. Middle Class and Theory of the Welfare State: Meanings of Welfare, Overlapping Consensus, and Target Group Constructions

4. Different Welfare Regimes, Different Middle Classes: On Methodology and Methods

5. Sweden: The Egalitarian Understanding of the Middle Class

6. Germany: The Conservative-Communitarian Understanding of the Middle Class

7. United Kingdom: The Libertarian-Multicultural Understanding of the Middle Class

8. Conclusion

About the Authors

Marlon Barbehön is Research Assistant (Postdoc) at the Institute of Political Science, Heidelberg University, Germany.

Marilena Geugjes is Research Assistant at the Institute of Political Science, Heidelberg University, Germany.

Michael Haus is Professor for Modern Political Theory at the Institute of Political Science, Heidelberg University, Germany.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Governance and Public Policy

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL019000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Services & Welfare
POL029000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Policy