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The Routledge Handbook of the Welfare State

Edited by Bent Greve

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‘The welfare state’ in all its many forms has had a profound role in many countries around the world since at least the Second World War. The Routledge Handbook of the Welfare State explores the classical issues around the welfare state, but also investigates its key concepts, along with how these can be used and analysed.

Over forty contributions from renowned international specialists in the field provide readers with expert analysis of the core issues related to the welfare state, including regional depictions of welfare states around the globe. The book combines essays on methodologies, core concepts and central policy areas to produce a comprehensive picture of what ‘the welfare state’ means around the world. In the midst of the credit crunch, the Handbook addresses some of the many questions about the welfare state.

It will be an invaluable reference book for students and scholars throughout the social sciences, particularly in sociology, social policy, public policy, international relations, politics, and gender studies.


"As a library reference source, [the collection] should be widely consulted and cited by students and researchers. The 41 chapters are all accessibly written and structured, and the scholarship is consistently reliable. The contributors offer coherent and reflective accounts of their topics within a somewhat confining word length of, mostly, between 3000 and 4000 words. […] It is good to see less conventionally prominent topics given an airing such as flexicurity, risk and the management of crime, Open Method of Coordination (OMC), prevention, the life course, the Third Way, and the Middle East." - Critical Social Policy

Table of Contents

Introduction. Part 1: Key Concepts 1. What Is Welfare and Public Welfare by Bent Greve 2. What Is a Welfare State? by Michael Hill 3. Fiscal Welfare by Adrian Sinfield 4. Occupational Welfare by Kevin Farnsworth 5. Citizenship by Janet Newman 6. Prevention: The Cases of Social Security and Health Care by Jos Berghman, Annelies Debels and Ine Van Hoyweghen 7. Poverty by Peter Saunders 8. Social Exclusion by John Pierson 9. Benefits In Kind and In Cash by Manos Matsaganis 10. Gender Issues in Welfare States by Sheila Shaver 11. Welfare States and the Life Course by Mara A. Yerkes, Bram Peper and Janeen Baxter 12. Active Labour Market Policies by Madelene Nordlund 13. Flexicurity: Concepts, Practices and Outcomes by Frank Tros and Ton Wilthagen Part 2: Typologies and Methods 14. What Are Welfare Typologies and How Are They Useful, If At All? by Kees Van Kersbergen 15. Nordic Welfare States by Olli Kangas and Jon Kvist 16. Central European Welfare States by Daniel Clegg 17. Eastern Europe by Steven Saxonberg 18. Southern Europe by Maria Petmesidou 19. Liberal Welfare States by Paul Spicker 20. Third Way by Martin Powell 21. Welfare States in North America: Social Citizenship in the United States, Canada and Mexico by Robert Henry Cox 22. Welfare State Changes in China Since 1949 by Bingqin Li 23. Inequality and Social Policy in Latin America: A New Analytical Framework by Peter-Lloyd Sherlock 24. The Middle East by John Gal and Rana Jawad 25. Africa by Alfio Cerami and Aichetou Wague 26. States of Health: Welfare Regimes, Health and Health Care by Clare Bambra 27. How to Analyze Welfare States and Their Development? by Barbara Vis 28. Drivers for Change by Claude Martin and Virginie Guiraudon 29. Real-Typical and Ideal-Typical Methods in Comparative Social Policy by Christian Aspalter 30. Fiscal crisis, Financial crisis and the Great Recession by Kevin Farnsworth and Zoë Irving Part 3: Central Policy Areas 31. Social Security by Frans Pennings 32. Housing, Housing Policy and Inequality by Gregg Olsen 33. Healthcare by Claus Wendt 34. Old Age – Including Pensions by Karl Hinrichs 35. Disability by Bjørn Hvinden 36. Family Policies by Chiara Saraceno 37. Risk and the Management of Crime by David Denney 38. Financing the Welfare State and the Politics of Taxation by Nathalie Morel and Joakim Palme 39. Social OMCs: Ideas, Policies and Effects by Caroline De La Porte 40. Evaluation, Evidence and Review by Ian Greener Part 4: Future 41. Future of the Welfare State? by Bent Greve

About the Editor

Bent Greve is professor in Social Science at the Department of Society and Globalisation, University of Roskilde, Denmark. He studies the welfare state, often in a comparative perspective. His main research interests include the welfare state, social policy, labour market policy and financing the welfare state.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
SOCIAL SCIENCE / People with Disabilities
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Poverty & Homelessness
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Classes