The Transformation of Welfare States
By (author) Nick Ellison
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Transformation of Welfare States by Nick Ellison
Book DescriptionThis accessible work provides a 'political sociology' of welfare states in industrial societies, with both historical and contemporary perspectives. Ellison focuses on the social and political underpinnings of a number of welfare regimes and looks at the transformations they have undergone and the challenges they face. This book assesses current debates about the role of 'globalization' in welfare state change, paying particular attention to contemporary views about the capacity of embedded institutional structures to limit the effects of global economic pressures. Ellison assesses the changing nature of social policies in nine OECD countries - selected to include 'liberal, 'social democratic' and 'continental' welfare regimes. Taking labour market and pension policies as the main areas of investigation, this volume provides 'snapshots' of welfare reform in each case, charting the ways in which different regimes 'manage' the range of challenges with which they are confronted. Ultimately, the book suggests that all contemporary welfare regimes are experiencing a level of 'neoliberal drift'. As yet, this trend towards liberalization remains constrained in those countries with more 'coordinated' economies and institutionalized forms of social partnership - but the question is for how long? This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of International Politics, Sociology and Social Policy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415142502
(234mm x 156mm x 16mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Nick Ellison
Developments in British Social Policy, Paperback (May 2003)View all books by Nick Ellison
The second edition of this undergraduate text offers both a critical commentary on the core areas of social policy in Britain, particularly as they have developed under the auspices of the New Labour government, and an appraisal of the key ideas currently informing British welfare policy.
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Author Biography - Nick Ellison
Nick Ellison is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Durham. He has published widely in the area of the politics of social policy
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