Globalization and European Welfare States: Challenges And Change by Robert SykesGlobalization and European Welfare States: Challenges And Change by Robert Sykes

Globalization and European Welfare States: Challenges And Change

byRobert Sykes

Hardcover | June 8, 2001

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This book seeks to counter the recent trend of speculation about the impact of globalization upon welfare states. It begins by asking two related questions:
''What exactly is globalization?''
''How, if at all, has globalization been implicated in recent changes to European welfare states?''
The book combines both theoretical and empirical analysis to provide a critical account of the relationship between globalization and change in European welfare states.

Firstly the key theoretical and conceptual debates are reviewed and the existing perspectives on globalization and welfare policy change are assessed. The text moves on to explore and challenge the more apocalyptic economic perspectives on globalization and welfare that suggest permanent retrenchment. The discussion includes an outline and assessment of the role of international organisations such as the World Bank and the EU.

All the major types of European national welfare system are considered: Bismarkian, Southern, Central and Eastern European, Nordic and Liberal. Individual chapters outline recent welfare policy changes in the European countries of each system, and the role of globalization in such changes.

This ground-breaking text provides new empirical and theoretical perspectives on links between globalization and European welfare state change. It will be important reading for students and academics in the fields of social policy, politics, international relations, European studies and related fields.
ROBERT SYKES is Principal Lecturer in Social Policy at Sheffield Hallam University. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the British Social Policy Association and convenes its comparative social policy study group.BRUNO PALIER is Chargé de Recherches at CNRS, in the Centre d''études de la vie politique française ...
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Title:Globalization and European Welfare States: Challenges And ChangeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 X 5.43 X 0.75 inPublished:June 8, 2001Publisher:Red Globe PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0333790189

ISBN - 13:9780333790182

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Table of Contents

Preface.- PART 1: GLOBALIZATION CHALLENGES.- Challenges and Change: Issues and Perspectives in the Analysis of Globalization and the European Welfare States; B.Palier and R.Sykes.- Globalization and Welfare States; J.Clarke.- Globalization, Economic Change and the Welfare State: the ''Vexatious Inquisition of Taxation''?; C.Hay.- International Organizations, the EU and Global Social Policy; B.Deacon.- PART 2: EUROPEAN WELFARE STATE CHANGES.- Globalization and the Bismarckian Welfare States; M.Daly.- Globalization and the Southern Welfare States; A.Guillen and S.Alvarez.- Welfare and ''Ill-fare'' Systems in Central-Eastern Europe; Z.Ferge.- Globalization and the Nordic Welfare States; P.Kosonen.- Globalization and the Liberal Welfare States; N.Ginsburg.- CONCLUSION.- Globalization and the European Welfare States: Evaluating the Theories and Evidence; P.Prior and R.Sykes.- Bibliography.- Index.

Editorial Reviews

A dozen European policy scholars provide keen insight into the consequences of the changing global economy for the world''s most developed welfare states. Choice