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The End of the Welfare State?
Responses to State Retrenchment

ISBN 9780415463263
Published December 1, 2007 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

Throughout the world, politicians from all the main parties are cutting back on state welfare provision, encouraging people to use the private sector instead and developing increasingly stringent techniques for the surveillance of the poor. Almost all experts agree that we are likely to see further constraints on state welfare in the 21st Century.

Gathering together the findings from up-to-date attitude surveys in Europe East and West, the US and Australasia, this revealing book shows that, contrary to the claims of many experts and policy-makers, the welfare state is still highly popular with the citizens of most countries. This evidence will add to controversy in an area of fundamental importance to public policy and to current social science debate.



Stefan Svallfors is lecturer of sociology, UmeƄ University, Sweden.
Peter Taylor-Gooby is professor of social policy at the University of Kent.