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European Welfare States

European Welfare States
Comparative Perspectives

First Edition

November 2005 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Bringing together a discussion of the theories and techniques of comparative policy analysis and a description of current developments in selected welfare state regimes, European Welfare States provides an accessible overview of issues concerning European welfare states.

In particular, it provides:

- an overview of the development of welfare states in Europe;

- a discussion of key issues including welfare state theories, the role of globalization, gender and the welfare state; welfare typologies; and the role of public opinion;

- a detailed account of recent developments and current challenges in five European welfare states; and

- a detailed account of the key challenges facing European welfare states and possible future directions for welfare models including the role of the European Union in the development of social policy.

This book is illustrated throughout with student-friendly features such as case-studies, chapter summaries, questions for discussion and guides for further reading. With a flowing narrative and clear structure the book is an invaluable text for undergraduates taking courses in comparative social policy. It will also be useful for students in related disciplines such as public policy, social welfare, politics and international relations.

Welfare State Theories
Globalization and European Welfare States
Gender and the Welfare State
Welfare States in Europe
Typologies of Welfare
Country Studies
Public Opinion and European Welfare States
Challenges Facing European Welfare States
Future Directions for European Welfare States

This essential book for the course I have been teaching covers theories and typologies of welfare state, supplemented with comparative case studies as well as giving future research directions. I find it very useful so do my students.

Dr Basak Bilecen
Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University
October 2, 2013

very good overview of the different approaches prevalent in Europe

Mr Ray Snaith
Sch of Health,Community & Educ Studies, Northumbria University
September 15, 2010

very good for the students!

Miss Lynne Reynolds
Humanities , Bedfordshire University
October 4, 2009

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