THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF THE WELFARE STATE

Edited by FRANCIS G CASTLES, STEPHAN LEIBFRIED, JANE LEWIS, HERBERT OBINGER and CHRISTOPHER
912pp 2010 LIST PRICE: £96.00 S345

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This is the definitive guide to the contemporary welfare state. The book is divided into eight sections. The first section evaluates the philosophical case for and against the welfare state and surveys its history and the approaches taken to its study. The following four provide a comprehensive survey of the current state of knowledge across the welfare state: inputs and actors (including the roles of parties, unions and employers), the impact of gender and religion, patterns of migration and changing public opinion, the role of international organisations and the impact of globalisation. The next two sections cover policy inputs (in areas such as pensions, health care, disability, care of the elderly, unemployment and labour market activation) and their outcomes. The seventh section surveys welfare state experience around the globe (and not just within the OECD). Two final chapters consider questions about the global future of the welfare state.