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Demographic change and increasingly international markets are putting severe pressure on developed welfare states in the OECD countries. The contributors to this book assess the magnitude of these challenges and discuss in depth, and in concrete terms, what policy options are open to meet them. Looking at public service production, social insurance, tax policy and debt policy, they examine the main costs and benefits associated with an extensive welfare state and ask whether the same objectives can be reached with a welfare regime that is less costly. They also discuss whether the organization of the welfare state is capable of meeting future challenges facing a changing society. This rigorous analysis draws on empirical material from OECD countries with a focus on the Scandinavian countries.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521047197
ISBN-10: 0521047196
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Pages: 396
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 3-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Torben M. Andersen

Torben M. Andersen is Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. Per Molander has worked at the Swedish Ministry of Finance and is currently a Private Consultant at MapsGroup. He is author of the book Turning Sweden Around (with A. Lindbeck et al.) 1994.

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