Contradictions of the Welfare State

Paperback | April 24, 1984

byClaus OffeEditorJohn Keane

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Claus Offe is one of the leading social scientists working in Germany today, and his work, particularly on the welfare state, has been enormously influential both in Europe and the United States. Contradictions of the Welfare State is the first collection of Offe's essays to appear in a single volume in English, and it contains a selection of his most important recent work on the breakdown of the post-war settlement.The political writings in this book are primarily concerned with the origins of the present difficulties - what Offe calls the 'crises of crisis management' - of welfare capitalist states. He indicates why in the present period, these states are no longer capable of fully managing the socio-political problems and conflicts generated by late capitalist societies and discusses the viability of New Right, corporatist, and democratic socialist proposals for restructuring the welfare state.The book also offers fresh and penetrating insights into a range of other subjects, including social movements, political parties, law, social policy, and labor markets. There is an interview with Claus Offe, prepared especially for this volume, and a substantial introductory chapter by John Keane which links the essays and explores Offe's central themes.Claus Offe has researched and lectured widely throughout Europe and North America and is Professor in the Faculty of Sociology at the University of Bielefeld. John Keane is an editor of Telos and Senior Lecturer in Political Theory and Sociology at the Polytechnic of Central London. This book is included in the series, Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought, edited by Thomas McCarthy.

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Claus Offe is one of the leading social scientists working in Germany today, and his contributions to political sociology have been enormously influential in both Europe and the United States. This book collects his most important recent work on the breakdown of the postwar settlement that produced the welfare capitalist state.

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Claus Offe is one of the leading social scientists working in Germany today, and his work, particularly on the welfare state, has been enormously influential both in Europe and the United States. Contradictions of the Welfare State is the first collection of Offe's essays to appear in a single volume in English, and it contains a selec...

Claus Offe has researched and lectured widely throughout Europe and North America and is Professor in the Faculty of Sociology at the University of Bielefeld.John Keane is an editor of Telos and Senior Lecturer in Political Theory and Sociology at the Polytechnic of Central London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:310 pages, 7.9 × 5.2 × 0.7 inPublished:April 24, 1984Publisher:The MIT Press

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Claus Offe is one of the leading social scientists working in Germany today, and his contributions to political sociology have been enormously influential in both Europe and the United States. This book collects his most important recent work on the breakdown of the postwar settlement that produced the welfare capitalist state.

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Claus Offe's analysis of the advanced capitalist state is continually interesting. Steeped in contemporary social science and shunning Marxist clichés, such as 'sharpening contradictions' or 'formal democracy,' he develops in these essays an original view of the welfare state crisis and explores with great subtlety possible coalitions and pathways of a socialist politics.