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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

European Welfare Policy

Squaring the Welfare Circle

ISBN 9780333609170
Publication Date May 1996
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

This broad and accessible text examines one of the most crucial issues facing western governments today: how to raise sufficient funds to meet the rising aspirations of their electorate for more and better welfare services. Looking at seven European countries representing different policy traditions, government ideologies and levels of economic affluence, it discusses health, social security, housing, personal social services and education policies against a background of economic, demographic and familial change.

Peter Taylor-Gooby is Professor of Social Policy at the University of Kent, UK. He chairs the British Academy New Paradigms in Public Policy Programme and the HEFCE Social Work and Social Policy Panel. His recent publications include New Paradigms in Public Policy, Reframing Social Citizenship, Risk in Social Science (with Jens Zinn), Ideas and the Welfare State, and New Risks, New Welfare.

List of Tables
List of Contributors
Introduction
The Future of the Welfare State; V. George Germany: Maintaining the Middle Way
R. Lawson France: Squaring the Welfare Triangle
L. Hantrais Sweden: The Last Bastion of Social Democracy
A. Gould The United Kingdom: Radical Departures and Political Consensus
P. Taylor-Gooby Italy: Right Turn for the Welfare State?
M. Niero Greece: What Future the Welfare State?
P. Stathopoulos Spain: Growth to Diversity
E. Almeda & S. Sarasa The Demand for Welfare
V. George The Response of Government: Fragile Convergence?
P. Taylor-Gooby Index.

 

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'This is a readable, well-organised and original contribution to the field of cross national policy studies. It should be widely used by students, and offers much thought-provoking material for policy analysts.' – Norman Ginsburg, University of North London
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