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Reforming the Welfare State

1st Edition

By Carsten Jensen, Georg Wenzelburger


126 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-12-04
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This book introduces a unique, new dataset on welfare state reforms in the UK, Denmark, Finland, France and Germany from 1974 to 2014.

Using a variety of welfare state types in Europe, the authors have systematically investigated core questions that have preoccupied the welfare state literature at least since the 1990s. These include the extent of path dependency in mature welfare states, the usage of so-called "invisible" policy instruments for hiding cutbacks, and the role of partisanship – on whether the ideological color of the incumbent affects policy – which have been analysed in depth by examining the new dataset presented in this book.

This text will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners studying, and working in, welfare and the welfare state, and more broadly to political science, sociology and social policy.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Reforming the Welfare State

3. The Welfare State Reform Dataset

4. Welfare Reform in Time

5. Different Countries, Different Policy Instruments?

6. Visibility

7. The Timing of Welfare State Reforms

8. Partisanship

9. Conclusion

About the Authors

Carsten Jensen is Professor at the Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark.

Georg Wenzelburger is Professor at the Department of Social Sciences, TU Kaiserslautern, Germany.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Political Economy of the Welfare State

This series presents leading edge research on the recasting of European welfare states. The series is interdisciplinary, featuring contributions from experts in economics, political science and social policy. The books provide a comparative analysis of topical issues, including:

  • reforms of the major social programmes - pensions, health, social security
  • the changing political cleavages in welfare politics
  • policy convergence and social policy innovation
  • the impact of globalization.

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