European Capitalist Welfare Societies: The Challenge of Sustainability

Hardcover | April 5, 2012

byP. Frericks, R. Maier

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This book offers an analysis of European capitalist welfare societies, centering on the questions of sustainability and the financing of social rights. Capitalism is defined as a multi-model economy, comprising of a market economy (including production, distribution and exchange), a state welfare economy (based on compulsory transfers, such as taxes and social contributions), a household economy and a voluntary economy. The resources for the welfare economy are produced by some activities of the life course, and used by other activities, once rights over these resources are acquired. Setting out a new conceptual framework that integrates an adapted version of the theory of instituted economic processes with the changing structuration of the life course in European countries, the book argues that European capitalist welfare societies are not sustainable in their present form and that the future financing of social rights is conditional on substantial transformations. The book also analyzes relevant data on the socio-economic positioning of women and migrants.

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This book offers an analysis of European capitalist welfare societies, centering on the questions of sustainability and the financing of social rights. Capitalism is defined as a multi-model economy, comprising of a market economy (including production, distribution and exchange), a state welfare economy (based on compulsory transfers,...

PATRICIA FRERICKS is Assistant Professor at Hamburg University, Germany. She has previously published Setting Rights: Resources Flows, Life-Course Norms and the Dynamics of Citizenship in European Pension Systems.ROBERT MAIER Professor at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. His previous publications include Citizenship and Identity, ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.04 inPublished:April 5, 2012Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230296904

ISBN - 13:9780230296909

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Table of Contents

Introduction and OverviewResources, Identities and Power. A Framework for Analysing the Dynamics and Variations in European Capitalist Welfare StatesLife Course and ResourcesLife Course Ecologies and State Welfare EconomyThe Positioning of WomenThe Positioning of MigrantsConclusion and DiscussionBibliographyIndex