Round Up the Usual Suspects!: Globalization, Domestic Politics, and Welfare State Change

Herman Schwartz

in The New Politics of the Welfare State

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780198297567
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600104 | DOI:
Round Up the Usual Suspects!: Globalization, Domestic Politics, and Welfare State Change

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The first of three chapters on the sources of pressure on contemporary national welfare states, all of which seek to show how examining the sources of strain carries implications for identifying who is likely to fight with whom over what; the authors of the three chapters are not of one mind on this issue. Schwartz, for whom social protection includes regulatory arrangements in sectors such as telecommunications and transportation, is most convinced that some aspects of globalization do play a critical role, and he reviews a series of broad claims about the sources of pressure on the welfare state, arguing that the impact of globalization is often misconstrued. He distinguishes alternative possible causal connections between changes in the international economy and welfare state distress, and, in many cases, finds little evidence for these causal pathways, or evidence that only supports an assessment of modest impact. He argues, however, that one dimension of globalization has been crucial: a wave of deregulatory pressures emanating from changes in the US political economy, which has led to a dramatic erosion of forms of protected employment in the affected sectors of other countries.

Keywords: contemporary welfare state; deregulatory pressure; globalization; international economy; pressures on the welfare state; protected employment; social protection; US political economy; welfare state

Chapter.  12551 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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