The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State

Paperback | September 13, 2012

EditorFrancis G. Castles, Stephan Leibfried, Jane Lewis

not yet rated|write a review
The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State is the authoritative and definitive guide to the contemporary welfare state. In a volume consisting of nearly fifty newly-written chapters, a broad range of the world's leading scholars offer a comprehensive account of everything one needs to know aboutthe modern welfare state. The Handbook is divided into eight sections. It opens with three chapters that evaluate the philosophical case for (and against) the welfare state. Surveys of the welfare state's history and of the approaches taken to its study are followed by four extended sections, running to some thirty-five chapters in all, which offer a comprehensive and in-depth survey of our current state of knowledge across the whole range of issues that the welfarestate embraces. The first of these sections looks at inputs and actors (including the roles of parties, unions, and employers), the impact of gender and religion, patterns of migration and a changing public opinion, the role of international organisations and the impact of globalization. The nexttwo sections cover policy inputs (in areas such as pensions, health care, disability, care of the elderly, unemployment, and labour market activation) and their outcomes (in terms of inequality and poverty, macroeconomic performance, and retrenchment). The seventh section consists of seven chapterswhich survey welfare state experience around the globe (and not just within the OECD). Two final chapters consider questions about the global future of the welfare state.The individual chapters of the Handbook are written in an informed but accessible way by leading researchers in their respective fields giving the reader an excellent and truly up-to-date knowledge of the area under discussion. Taken together, they constitute a comprehensive compendium of all thatis best in contemporary welfare state research and a unique guide to what is happening now in this most crucial and contested area of social and political development.

Pricing and Purchase Info


Ships within 1-3 weeks
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State is the authoritative and definitive guide to the contemporary welfare state. In a volume consisting of nearly fifty newly-written chapters, a broad range of the world's leading scholars offer a comprehensive account of everything one needs to know aboutthe modern welfare state. The Handbook is d...

Francis G. Castles is Professor Emeritus at the University of Edinburgh and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the Research School of Social Sciences at Australian National University and at the Center for Social Policy Research (CeS) in Bremen. Stephan Leibfried is Professor of Public Policy at the University of Bremen, Direct...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:912 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.68 inPublished:September 13, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199650519

ISBN - 13:9780199650514

Look for similar items by category:


Extra Content

Table of Contents

List of Tables and FiguresAbout the ContributorsStephan Leibfried: PrefaceStephan Leibfried: A Note on the Jacket Illustration1. Francis G. Castles, Stephan Leibfried, Jane Lewis, Herbert Obinger, and Christopher Pierson: IntroductionPart I: Philosophical Justifications and Critiques of the Welfare State2. Stuart White: Ethics3. Christopher Pierson and Matthieu Leimgruber: Intellectual Roots4. Desmond King and Fiona Ross: Critics and BeyondPart II: History5. Stein Kuhnle and Anne Sander: The Emergence of the Western Welfare State6. Frank Nullmeier and Frank-Xaver Kaufmann: Post-War Welfare State DevelopmentPart III: Approaches7. Edwin Amenta and Alexander Hicks: Research Methods8. Willem Adema and Peter Whiteford: Public and Private Social Welfare9. Mary Daly: Families versus State and Market10. Einar Overbye: Disciplinary PerspectivesPart IV: Inputs and Actors11. Jan Zutavern and Martin Kohli: Needs and Risks12. Torben Iversen: Democracy and Capitalism13. Bernhard Ebbinghaus: Unions and Employers14. Manfred G. Schmidt: Parties15. Ellen M. Immergut: Political Institutions16. Stefan Svallfors: Public Attitudes17. Ann Shola Orloff: Gender18. Kees van Kersbergen and Philip Manow: Religion19. Stephen Castles and Carl-Ulrik Schierup: Migration and Ethnic Minorities20. Gerda Falkner: European Union21. Klaus Armingeon: Intergovernmental Organizations22. Duane Swank: GlobalizationPart V: Policies23. Herbert Obinger and Uwe Wagschal: Social Expenditure and Revenues24. Karl Hinrichs and Julia Lynch: Old-Age Pensions25. Richard Freeman and Heinz Rothgang: Health26. August Oesterle and Heinz Rothgang: Long-term Care27. Olli Kangas: Work Accident and Sickness Benefits28. Mark Priestley: Disability29. Joakim Palme, Eero Carroll and Ola Sjoberg: Unemployment Insurance30. Lane Kenworthy: Labour Market Activation31. Thomas Bahle, Michaela Pfeifer and Claus Wendt: Social Assistance32. Jonathan Bradshaw and Naomi Finch: Family Benefits and Services33. Tony Fahey and Michelle Norris: Housing34. Marius R. Busemeyer and Rita Nikolai: EducationPart VI: Policy Outcomes35. John Stephens: Social Rights of Citizenship36. Peter Saunders: Inequality and Poverty37. Isabela Mares: Macroeconomic Outcomes38. Jonah Levy: Welfare RetrenchmentPart VII: Worlds of Welfare39. Wilhelm A. Arts and John Gelissen: Models of the Welfare StateEstablished Welfare States40. Mikko Kautto: The Nordic Countries41. Bruno Palier: Continental Western Europe42. Maurizio Ferrera: The South European Countries43. Francis G. Castles: The English-speaking CountriesEmerging Welfare States44. Evelyne Huber and Juan Bogliaccini: Latin America45. Ito Peng and Joseph Wong: East Asia46. Linda. J. Cook: Eastern Europe and RussiaPart VIII: Prospects47. Howard Glennerster: The Sustainability of Western Welfare States48. Ian Gough and Goran Therborn: The Global Future of Welfare States

Editorial Reviews

"This is a landmark book for international scholarship in social policy. It has been compiled by some of the leading international scholars in the field and published, in some style, by Oxford University Press all academics in the field should ensure that university libraries acquire copies ofthe book. It will prove to be an essential reference for all those studying social policy, as well as many in politics, public administration, sociology and other cognate subjects. More generally, it is attention to detail, co-existing with breadth of vision and reach, which make this such anattractive book. The editors and their contributors are addressing most of the big questions that underpin the history of the welfare state and its future prospects, and they are doing this on an international scale. If you are not passionate about social policy before encountering this Handbook,then surely you will be once you have begun to delve into it." --Journal of Social Policy