Radical Welfare State Retrenchment: A Comparative Analysis

Hardcover | January 15, 2008

byPeter Starke

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Welfare state retrenchment has been puzzling political scientists--and for that matter, the general public--for years. Why should politicians who wish to be re-elected endeavor to scale back highly popular welfare entitlements? What are the political incentives and opportunities that make such a course of action likely? This book offers an international comparative analysis of welfare state retrenchment, and uniquely includes an indepth examination of its most radical deployment.

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Welfare state retrenchment has been puzzling political scientists--and for that matter, the general public--for years. Why should politicians who wish to be re-elected endeavor to scale back highly popular welfare entitlements? What are the political incentives and opportunities that make such a course of action likely? This book offer...

PETER STARKE is Research Associate at the TranState Research Centre, University of Bremen, Germany.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 7.45 × 5.61 × 0.86 inPublished:January 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230008100

ISBN - 13:9780230008106

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Table of Contents

Introduction * Motives, Means and Opportunities: The Politics of Retrenchment Revisited * New Zealand: An Extreme Case * Putting an Extreme Case in Perspective: Retrenchment in Cross-National Comparison * Conclusion: What Can Other Countries Learn from New Zealand's Welfare State Reforms?