The Politics of Pensions: A Comparative Analysis of Britain, Canada and the United States, 1880-1940

The Politics of Pensions: A Comparative Analysis of Britain, Canada and the United States, 1880-1940

By: Ann Shola Orloff (author)Hardback

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By offering a comparative, institutional analysis of how state-supported pensions for the elderly developed in Britain, Canada and the United States, Anna Shola Orloff aims to make a contribution to understanding the growth of modern social welfare policies. It is not enough, Orloff demonstrates, to simply examine socioeconomic factors in the growth of the welfare state. She argues that welfare policies are also shaped by the political institutions and processes that are the legacy of state formation and expansion in particular nations. Orloff explains why, when and how poor relief was replaced by modern social insurance legislation and pensions for the elderly in the first three decades of the 20th century. She analyses the long-term social and political transformation that laid the basis for modern social politics: the spread of waged work, the development of new liberal ideologies and the expansion and transformation of state administrative capacities. Combining original historical research with the analysis of secondary sources, Orloff's work is an example of the use of comparative and historical methods in answering questions about macropolitical transformation, such as the origin of the welfare state. ""The Politics of Pensions"" outlines an original, interdisciplinary approach that should appeal to a wide variety of readers: political sociologists interested in the state, social workers and specialists in old age policy, and comparative researchers of all disciplines engaged in research on the welfare state.

About Author

Ann Shola Orloff is associate professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin Madison. She is the coeditor, with Margaret Weir and Theda Skocpol, of "The Politics of Social Policy in the United States.""

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780299132200
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 384
  • ID: 9780299132200
  • ISBN10: 029913220X

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