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Welfare and Work in the Open Economy Volume II: Diverse Responses to Common Challenges in Twelve Countries

Edited by Fritz W. Scharpf and Vivien A. Schmidt

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780199240920
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600180 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199240922.001.0001
Welfare and Work in the Open Economy Volume II: Diverse Responses to Common Challenges in Twelve Countries

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This is the second of a two‐volume study of the adjustment of advanced welfare states to international economic pressures, in which leading scholars detail the wide variety of responses in 12 countries to the challenges to their employment and social policy systems in the period between the first oil‐price crises of the early 1970s and the increasing economic globalization of the 1980s and 1990s. Chapters in this volume provide in‐depth studies of countries’ adjustment experiences over three decades, beginning with a snapshot of the ‘golden age’ of the welfare state c.1970, then proceeding with a chronology of the successive external economic challenges and internal policy responses up until today, ending with a depiction of the new model or model in the making, and of what went right and what went wrong. The country studies include three welfare states representing the ‘Anglo‐Saxon’ model (the UK, Australia, and New Zealand), seven varieties of the ‘Continental’ welfare state (Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, and the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Italy), and two ‘Scandinavian’ welfare states (Sweden and Denmark). In addition, the volume includes analyses focusing on cross‐national differences in the labour‐market participation of women and of older workers, on the employment effects of service liberalization, and on international tax competition.

Keywords: employment; globalization; labour market; liberalization; oil‐price crises; older workers; social policy; tax competition; welfare state; women

Book.  678 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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Introduction in Welfare and Work in the Open Economy Volume II: Diverse Responses to Common Challenges in Twelve Countries

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Restructuring the British Welfare State: Between Domestic Constraints and Global Imperatives in Welfare and Work in the Open Economy Volume II: Diverse Responses to Common Challenges in Twelve Countries

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Internationalization and Two Liberal Welfare States Australia and New Zealand in Welfare and Work in the Open Economy Volume II: Diverse Responses to Common Challenges in Twelve Countries

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Switzerland Adjustment Politics Within Institutional Constraints in Welfare and Work in the Open Economy Volume II: Diverse Responses to Common Challenges in Twelve Countries

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How Small Countries Negotiate Change Twenty‐Five Years of Policy Adjustment in Austria, the Netherlands, and Belgium in Welfare and Work in the Open Economy Volume II: Diverse Responses to Common Challenges in Twelve Countries

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Adjusting Badly the German Welfare State, Structural Change, and the Open Economy in Welfare and Work in the Open Economy Volume II: Diverse Responses to Common Challenges in Twelve Countries

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France Directing Adjustment? in Welfare and Work in the Open Economy Volume II: Diverse Responses to Common Challenges in Twelve Countries

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Italy Rescue from Without? in Welfare and Work in the Open Economy Volume II: Diverse Responses to Common Challenges in Twelve Countries

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Sweden and Denmark Defending the Welfare State in Welfare and Work in the Open Economy Volume II: Diverse Responses to Common Challenges in Twelve Countries

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A Fine Balance Women's Labor Market Participation in International Comparison in Welfare and Work in the Open Economy Volume II: Diverse Responses to Common Challenges in Twelve Countries

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