On Crises, Myths, and Measurement

Francis G. Castles

in The Future of the Welfare State

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780199270170
Published online November 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601514 | DOI:
On Crises, Myths, and Measurement

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Explores the themes of what follows. It argues that the welfare state literature of the past quarter century has been big on crisis theories of the welfare state and much weaker on facts. The chapter suggests that, in order to say something meaningful about the future of the welfare state, we need to test crisis accounts, such as those built around globalization and population ageing, with facts drawn from comparative analysis to establish which are myths and which are realities.

Keywords: comparative hypothesis-testing; fertility trends; globalization; measuring social expenditure; new politics; population ageing; race to the bottom; welfare state crisis

Chapter.  8692 words. 

Subjects: Political Economy

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