Social Policy in the Smaller European Union States (Contemporary European History 9 New edition)

Social Policy in the Smaller European Union States (Contemporary European History 9 New edition)

By: Ben W. Ansell (editor), Robert Henry Cox (editor), Gary B. Cohen (editor), Jane R. Gingrich (editor)Hardback

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In Europe and around the world, social policies and welfare services have faced increasing pressure in recent years as a result of political, economic, and social changes. Just as Europe was a leader in the development of the welfare state and the supportive structures of corporatist politics from the 1920s onward, Europe in particular has experienced stresses from globalization and striking innovation in welfare policies. While debates in the United Kingdom, Germany, and France often attract wide international attention, smaller European countries - Belgium, Denmark, Austria, or Finland - are often overlooked. This volume seeks to correct this unfortunate oversight as these smaller countries serve as models for reform, undertaking experiments that only later gain the attention of stymied reformers in the larger countries.

About Author

Gary B. Cohen is Professor and Chair of History at the University of Minnesota. His research has focused on social development, ethnic group relations, and education in modern Austria and the Czech lands. His publications include two books, The Politics of Ethnic Survival: Germans in Prague, 1861-1914 (1981; 2nd ed., revised, 2006) and Education and Middle-Class Society in Imperial Austria, 1848-1918 (1996); articles in The Journal of Modern History, Central European History, The Austrian History Yearbook, The East European Quarterly, Jewish History, and The Social Science Quarterly; and numerous book chapters. Ben W. Ansell is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. He has also worked as an academic consultant to HM Treasury in the UK and for the Leitch Review of Skills, advising the UK government on long-term education policy. He is the author of From the Ballot to the Blackboard: The Redistributive Political Economy of Education (2010). His current research interests focus on the politics of education policy, the relationship between inequality and democracy, and the effects of asset price inflation on political preferences. Jane Gingrich is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. In 2008-09 she was also a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute. Her recent book, Making markets in the welfare state: The politics of varying market reforms (2011), looks at the politics of market reforms in public service in the Netherlands, Sweden, and the UK. Her current research turns to an analysis of how citizens respond to such reforms, examining the interaction between public preferences and the welfare state. Robert Henry Cox is Professor in the School of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma and is coordinator for European Studies. He is co-editor of the journal Governance, and is the co-director of the European Union Center at OU. His research focuses on the development and evolution of welfare states in advanced industrialized countries, and his writings on the welfare state have explored the moral foundations of welfare programs, the politics of policy change, and the technical details of systems of taxation and social insurance.


List of Figures Preface Introduction: Social Policy in the Smaller EU States Gary B. Cohen, Ben W. Ansell, Jane Gingrich, and Robert Henry Cox SECTION I: THE SOCIAL INVESTMENT AGENDA: FROM IDEAS TO POLICY? Chapter 1. How Globalization and the European Union are Changing European Welfare States Robert Henry Cox Chapter 2. Family Policies, Education and Female Labor Market Participation in Advanced Capitalist Democracies Robin Stryker, Scott R. Eliason, Eric Tranby, and William Hamilton Chapter 3. Double Transformation: How to Adjust Institutional Social Policy? Juho Saari Chapter 4. The Social Investment State: a new trend in social expenditure or merely a popular Political discourse? Jorma Sipila SECTION II: INTEREST COALITIONS, IDEAS, AND SOCIAL REFORM Chapter 5. Multiple Market Prescriptions: The Diverse Models of Health Care Reform in Sweden Jane Gingrich Chapter 6. Austrian Social Policy Reform in the Era of Integration and Rising Populism Reinhard Heinisch Chapter 7. Of Firms and Flexibility: The Dynamics of Collective Bargaining Reform in Spain and Portugal Sara Watson SECTION III: DIVERGING INSTITUTIONAL LEGACIES, IDEAS, AND SOCIAL REFORM Chapter 8. Social Policy Change 'Under the Radar Screen': Health Care Reforms in Seven Small Countries Kieke Okma, Luca Crivelli, Toni Ashton, Tim Tenbensel, Tsung-Mei Cheng, David Chinitz, Meng-Kin Lim, Hans Maarse, and Maria Eliana Labra Chapter 9. Humboldt Humbled? The Germanic University System in Comparative Perspective Ben W. Ansell Chapter 10. Beyond the Welfare State: Consumer Protection and Risk Perceptions in the European Union and Austria Paulette Kurzer Conclusion: Ideas and Social Reform Robert Henry Cox Notes on Contributors Bibliography Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780857452634
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 300
  • ID: 9780857452634
  • weight: 535
  • ISBN10: 0857452630
  • edition: New edition

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