The Survival of the European Welfare State
'Crisis'. 'Breakdown'. 'Dismantlement.' Since the 1970's, these have become the catchphrases used to describe the condition of the welfare states in Europe, in academic and media analyses alike. This book provides an alternative, more optimistic interpretation. It aims to increase both theoretical understanding and empirical knowledge of recent welfare reforms in areas including Spain, Denmark, the UK, Germany and the EU as a whole. An essential resource for students, researchers and practitioners with an interest in the welfare state.
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Alestalo Amsterdam Treaty basic budget Cambridge cent of GDP challenges Chapter citizens Comparative Conservative Continental contributions costs coverage crisis deficit Denmark effect employers Esping-Andersen European countries European integration European Social Policy European Union Ferrera financing Finland Germany globalisation Goul Andersen groups HM Treasury implemented income increased institutional Kuhnle labour force labour market London Maastricht Maastricht Treaty major Netherlands Nordic countries Norway OECD old-age organisations Party pension percentage Perspective Pierson political population pressure problems programmes provision public expenditure public sector radical rates redistribution reduced reform regime Research retrenchment Scandinavian Scandinavian welfare model schemes social assistance Social Democratic social dumping social expenditure social insurance social partners social policy social protection social security society Southern Europe Spain spending strategy structures Sweden Treasury unemployed universal welfare University Press wage welfare policy welfare system workers