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Routledge Studies in the Political Economy of the Welfare State


About the Series

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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Reforming the Welfare State

Reforming the Welfare State

1st Edition

By Carsten Jensen, Georg Wenzelburger
December 04, 2019

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...

Business Interests and the Development of the Modern Welfare State

Business Interests and the Development of the Modern Welfare State

1st Edition

Edited By Dennie Oude Nijhuis
July 23, 2019

This edited volume provides a synthesis on the question of business attitudes towards and its influence over the development of the modern welfare state. It gathers leading scholars in the field to offer both in-depth historical country case studies and comparative chapters that discuss ...

The Politics of Work-Family Policy Reforms in Germany and Italy

The Politics of Work-Family Policy Reforms in Germany and Italy

1st Edition

By Agnes Blome
August 14, 2018

One of the fundamental challenges facing modern welfare states is the question of work-family reconciliation. An increasing share of mothers work, but many European welfare states do not adequately support the dual-earner model, especially in southern Europe. After 2005, German policy-makers ...

Fighting Poverty and Social Exclusion in the EU A Chance in Europe 2020

Fighting Poverty and Social Exclusion in the EU: A Chance in Europe 2020

1st Edition

Edited By Matteo Jessoula, Ilaria Madama
June 27, 2018

In the field of anti-poverty policies, the interplay between the Europe 2020 overarching strategy and the 'Semester' have marked major discontinuity vis-à-vis the Open Method of Coordination for social protection and social inclusion (Social OMC) of the Lisbon phase. This book therefore asks ...

The Politics of Welfare State Transformation in Germany Still a Semi-Sovereign State?

The Politics of Welfare State Transformation in Germany: Still a Semi-Sovereign State?

1st Edition

By Christof Schiller
April 15, 2016

How can we best analyse contemporary welfare state change? And how can we explain and understand the politics of it? This book contributes to these questions both empirically and theoretically by concentrating on one of the least likely cases for welfare state transformation in Europe. It analyzes ...

Pension Reforms in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe From Post-Socialist Transition to the Global Financial Crisis

Pension Reforms in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe: From Post-Socialist Transition to the Global Financial Crisis

1st Edition

By Igor Guardiancich
April 27, 2015

This book traces and analyzes the legislation and implementation of pension reforms in four Central, Eastern and Southeastern European countries: Croatia, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia. By comparing the political economy of their policymaking processes, it seeks to pinpoint regularities between ...

The Risk of Social Policy? The electoral consequences of welfare state retrenchment and social policy performance in OECD countries

The Risk of Social Policy?: The electoral consequences of welfare state retrenchment and social policy performance in OECD countries

1st Edition

By Nathalie Giger
April 27, 2015

The Risk of Social Policy? uses a comparative perspective to systematically analyse the effects of social policy reforms and welfare state retrenchment on voting choice for the government. It re-examines twenty elections in OECD countries to show if and how social policy issues drive elections. ...

Politics of Segmentation Party Competition and Social Protection in Europe

Politics of Segmentation: Party Competition and Social Protection in Europe

1st Edition

By Georg Picot
July 04, 2014

When political parties make policy decisions they are influenced by the competition they face from other parties. This book examines how party competition and party systems affect reforms of social protection. Featuring a historical comparison of Italy and Germany post-1945, the book shows how a ...

The Role of Business in the Development of the Welfare State and Labor Markets in Germany Containing Social Reforms

The Role of Business in the Development of the Welfare State and Labor Markets in Germany: Containing Social Reforms

1st Edition

By Thomas Paster
May 30, 2014

This book assesses the role of employers in the development of welfare state and labour market institutions. Building on an in-depth analysis of Germany, a market economy known to often provide economic benefits to firms, this book explores one of the most contested issues in the comparative and ...

The Moral Economy of Welfare States Britain and Germany Compared

The Moral Economy of Welfare States: Britain and Germany Compared

1st Edition

By Steffen Mau
April 28, 2014

This book investigates why people are willing to support an institutional arrangement that realises large-scale redistribution of wealth between social groups of society. Steffen Mau introduces the concept of 'the moral economy' to show that acceptance of welfare exchanges rests on moral ...

Changing European Employment and Welfare Regimes The Influence of the Open Method of Coordination on National Reforms

Changing European Employment and Welfare Regimes: The Influence of the Open Method of Coordination on National Reforms

1st Edition

Edited By Martin Heidenreich, Jonathan Zeitlin
March 12, 2013

This book examines how and to what extent the European Employment Strategy and the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) on Social Protection and Social Inclusion have influenced national labour market and social welfare policies. Focusing on the implementation of the OMC in different national ...

Pension Reform in Europe Politics, Policies and Outcomes

Pension Reform in Europe: Politics, Policies and Outcomes

1st Edition

Edited By Camila Arza, Martin Kohli
March 14, 2011

This new book provides a cross-country comparative analysis of the key issues shaping the latest pension reforms in Europe: political games, welfare models and pathways, population reactions, and observed and expected outcomes. Pension reform has been a top policy priority for European governments ...

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