A common belief is that the European welfare states are in a position of crisis or heading towards one with the process of globalization removing any hopes of eventual worldwide welfare. This book challenges this assumption arguing that a proper understanding of the future role of the welfare state requires a broader social perspective that encompasses the interaction of economic, political and social processes. The Future of the Welfare State provides an interdisciplinary analysis of the practical and theoretical challenges which the welfare state (and progress towards world welfare) can and must meet in the future.
'This book serves a particularly useful purpose by questioning the conventional views on the future of the welfare states, especially in Europe, and by introducing new perspectives gleaned from economics, political science and sociology.' Claude Gnos, University of Burgundy, France