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Transformation of the Welfare State: The Silent Surrender of Public Responsibility

Neil Gilbert


This book is the outgrowth of a large‐scale comparative project on the changing landscape of the welfare state initiated by the author in 1997. In it, it is argued that the changes in welfare policy being witnessed in Europe and the USA are not marginal adjustments to the borders of the welfare state, but represent a fundamental shift or transformation in the design and philosophy of social protection. The author argues that there has been a turn away from the conventional welfare‐state emphasis on broad‐based entitlements, passive income supports, and publicly delivered benefits, towards a ne ... More

Keywords: benefits, change, enabling state, entitlement, Europe, income support, selective versus universal benefits, social policy, sociology of welfare, USA, welfare policy, welfare state

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195140743
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004 DOI:10.1093/0195140745.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil Gilbert, author
University of California, Berkeley
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