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The Politics of the ‘New’ Welfare States

Giuliano Bonoli and David Natali

in The Politics of the New Welfare State

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199645244
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745119 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645244.003.0001
The Politics of the ‘New’ Welfare States

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Since the early 1990s, European welfare states have undergone substantial changes. Traditional programmes, such as old age pensions have been curtailed and new ones (childcare, active labour market policies, services for elderly people) have been expanded. This chapter tries to apply mainstream political science theories of social policymaking and identifies a number of anomalies, or instances in which observed development do not conform to theoretical expectations. In this way, the chapter sets out the key questions that are addressed in the book.

Keywords: welfare state; welfare reforms; social policy; labour market; new social risks

Chapter.  6103 words. 

Subjects: Political Economy

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