The Politics of Social Risk: Business and Welfare State Development by Isabela MaresThe Politics of Social Risk: Business and Welfare State Development by Isabela Mares

The Politics of Social Risk: Business and Welfare State Development

byIsabela Mares

Paperback | July 7, 2003

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When and why have employers supported the development of institutions of social insurance that provide benefits to workers for various employment-related risks? What factors explain the variation in the social policy preferences of employers? This book provides a systematic evaluation of the role played by business in the development of the modern welfare state. Isabela Mares studies these critical questions and demonstrates that major social policies were adopted by cross-class alliances comprising labor-based organizations and key sectors of the business community.
Title:The Politics of Social Risk: Business and Welfare State DevelopmentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:342 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.91 inPublished:July 7, 2003Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521534771

ISBN - 13:9780521534772

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Table of Contents

1. The Welfare State: a world against employers?; 2. Interests and coalitions in the formation of the modern welfare state; 3. Workplace accidents as 'social risk': employers and the development of accident insurance; 4. Is unemployment insurable? Employers and the development of unemployment insurance; 5. Unified or occupationally-fragmented insurance? Political reforms during the Postwar Years; 6. Risk redistribution in mature welfare states: the politics of early retirement; 7. Conclusions.

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"This is an ambitious, provocative, and impressive book." American Journal of Sociology