The Welfare State as Crisis Manager: Explaining the Diversity of Policy Responses to Economic Crisis

Hardcover | May 7, 2013

byP. Starke, A. Kaasch, F. Van Hooren

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Written during an ongoing period of global economic crisis, The Welfare State as a Crisis Manager examines the practice and potential of using social policy to cope with crises. Through an in-depth analysis of social policy reactions in the wake of international economic shocks in four different welfare states, over a 40-year period, the book reveals the ways in which expansion and retrenchment are shaped by domestic politics and existing welfare state institutions. Moreover, the study addresses the kind of policy change triggered by economic crisis. In contrast to conventional wisdom and previous scholarship, reactions tend to be characterised by incrementalism and 'crisis routines' rather than fundamental deviations from earlier policy patterns. For the first time, the study of domestic political dynamics following crisis is systematically embedded in the transnational policy debate, linking the Comparative Welfare State literature with scholarship on Global Social Policy.

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Written during an ongoing period of global economic crisis, The Welfare State as a Crisis Manager examines the practice and potential of using social policy to cope with crises. Through an in-depth analysis of social policy reactions in the wake of international economic shocks in four different welfare states, over a 40-year period, t...

Peter Starke is a Political Scientist at the University of Bremen, Germany. Recent publications include Radical Welfare State Retrenchment: A Comparative Analysis. Alexandra Kaasch is a Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Sheffield, UK. Previously she held a post-doctoral research position at the University of Bremen, Germa...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.04 inPublished:May 7, 2013Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230285252

ISBN - 13:9780230285255

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The Politics of Crisis Response
3. How the Countries Compare
4. The Oil Shocks of 1973 and 1979: Keynesianism and Beyond
5. Recession in the 1990s: The Resistible Rise of Neoliberalism
6. Managing the Global Financial Crisis of 2008 and its Aftermath: The Role of Social Policy
7. Conclusion

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"The great virtue of this book is that it brings together good empirical evidence and analysis of how welfare states respond to and manage crises over time, from a variety of settings." - Peter Taylor-Gooby, Professor of Social Policy, University of Kent, UK