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The Politics of Post-Industrial Welfare States
Adapting Post-War Social Policies to New Social Risks

ISBN 9780415459754
Published December 3, 2007 by Routledge
312 Pages

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Book Description

This new study assesses the welfare state to ask key questions and draw new conclusions about its place in modern society.

It shows how the welfare states that we have inherited from the early post-war years had one main objective: to protect the income of the male breadwinner. Today, however, massive social change, in particular the shift from industrial to post-industrial societies and economies, have resulted in new demands being put on welfare states. These demands originate from situations that are typical of the new family and labour market structures that have become widespread in western countries since the 1970s and 1980s, characterised by the clear prevalence of service employment and by the massive entry of women in the labour market.

Against this background, this book:

* presents a precise and clear definition of 'new social risks'. A concept being increasingly used in welfare state literature. 

* focuses on the groups that are mostly exposed to new social risks (women, the young, the low-skilled) in order to study their political behaviour.

* assesses policymaking processes that can lead to successful adaptation. It covers key areas such as child care, care for elderly people, adapting pensions to atypical career patterns, active labour market policies, and policy making at the EU level.

This book will be of great interest for all students and scholars of politics, sociology and the welfare state in particular.

Table of Contents


1 New social risks and the politics of post-industrial social policies

Giuliano Bonoli

2 Political parties and new social risks: The double backlash against Social Democracy and Christian Democracy

Hans Keman, Kees van Kersbergen and Barbara Vis

3 New social risk and political preferences

Herbert Kitschelt and Philipp Rehm

4 Public attitudes and new social risk reform

Johannes Kananen, Peter Taylor-Gooby and Trine P. Larsen

5 Reconciling competing claims of the welfare state clientele. The politics of old and new social risk coverage in comparative perspective

Klaus Armingeon

6 Trade union movements in post-industrial welfare states. Opening up to new social interests?

Bernhard Ebbinghaus

7 Combatting old and new social risks

Evelyn Huber and John D. Stephens


8 New social risks and pension reform in Germany and Sweden: The politics of pension rights for child care

Karen M. Anderson and Traute Meyer

9 New labour market risks and the revision of unemployment protection systems in Europe

Jochen Clasen and Daniel Clegg

10 Child care policies in diverse European welfare states: Switzerland, Sweden, France and Britain

Anne Daguerre

11 Providing coverage against new social risks in Bismarckian welfare states: The case of long term care

Nathalie Morel

12 The EU and New Social Risks: The Need for a Differentiated Evaluation

Oliver Treib and Gerda Falkner

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Klaus Armingeon is Professor of Political Science, and director, at the Institute of Political Science, University of Berne, Switzerland. He serves on the scientific boards of the Max Planck Institute in Cologne and the Center for Surveys and Methods (ZUMA), Mannheim. He co-edited Nation and National Identity: the European experience in perspective; and The OECD and European Welfare States.

Giuliano Bonoli is Professor of social policy at the Swiss graduate school for public administration (IDHEAP), Lausanne. He previously worked at the Universities of Fribourg and Bern in Switzerland, and at the University of Bath in Britain. He has edited a number of books including European Welfare Futures: towards a theory of retrenchment; The Politics of Pension Reform: Institutions and policy change in Europe; Social Democratic Party Policies in Contemporary Europe (also published by Routledge); Aging and Pension Reform around the World; and Labour Market and Social Protection Reforms in International Perspective.


'A coherent collection of comparative chapters which cover either all or a sample of advanced industrial democracies.' - International Social Security Review, Vol. 59

'Concerntrates on the process of adapting welfare states to changing structures of social risks. First, looks at how those who are most exposed to the new risks (women, the young, low-skilled workers) mobilize in the political arena and examines their demands, then moves on to analyze specific instances of welfare state adaptation in the fields of care policy, pensions and labour market policies.'

- International Social Security Review, Vol. 59