The New Politics of the Welfare State by Paul Pierson

The New Politics of the Welfare State

EditorPaul Pierson

Paperback | April 1, 2001

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The welfare states of the affluent democracies now stand at the centre of political discussion and social conflict. In these path-breaking essays, an international team of leading analysts rejects simplistic claims about the impact of economic 'globalization'. Economic, demographic, andsocial pressures on the welfare state are very real, but many of the most fundamental challenges have little to do with globalization. Nor do the authors detect signs of a convergence of national social policies towards an American-style lowest common denominator. The contemporary politics of thewelfare state takes shape against a backdrop of both intense pressures for austerity and enduring popularity. Thus in most of the affluent democracies, the politics of social policy centre on the renegotiation, restructuring, and modernization of the post-war social contract rather than itsdismantling. The authors examine a wide range of countries and public policies arenas, including health care, pensions, and labour markets. They demonstrate how different national settings affect whether, and on what terms, centrist efforts to restructure the welfare state can succeed.

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Paul Pierson is at Harvard University.

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Title:The New Politics of the Welfare StateFormat:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.1 inPublished:April 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780198297567

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Table of Contents

I. Sources of Pressure on the Contemporary Welfare StateHerman Schwartz: Round Up the Usual Suspects! Globalization, Domestic Politics, and Welfare State ChangeTorben Iversen: The Dynamics of Welfare State Expansion: Trade Openness, De-industrailization and Partisan PoliticsPierson: Post-Industrial Pressure on Mature Welfare StatesII: Adjustment Dynamics: Economic Actors and Systems of interest IntermediationEvelyne Huber and John Stephens: Welfare States and production Regimes in an Era of RetrenchmentPilip Manow: Comparative Institutional Advantages of Welfare State regimes and New Coalitions in Welfare State ReformsThe Political Economy of Social Pacts: 'Competitive Corporatism' and European Welfare ReformsIII: Adjustment Dynamics: Parties, Elections, and PoliticalInstitutionsDuane Swank: Political Institutions and Welfare State RestructuringGiuliano Boboli: Political Institutions, Veto Points, and the Process of Welfare State AdaptationIV: Comparing Policy DomainsJohn Myers and Paul Pierson: The Comparative Political Economy of Pension ReformSusan Giamo: Who Pays for Health care Reform?Stewart Wood: Labour Market Regimes Under Threat? Sources of Continuity in Germany, Britain, and SwedenV. ConclusionPaul Pierson: Coping with Permanent Austerity: Welfare State Restructuring in Affluent Democracies