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The New Politics of the Welfare State

Paul Pierson


The welfare states of the affluent democracies now stand at the centre of political discussion and social conflict. In this book, which grew out of two conferences held at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University, in November 1997 and October 1998, an international team of leading analysts reject simplistic claims about the impact of economic ‘globalization’. Whilst accepting that economic, demographic, and social pressures on the welfare state are very real, they argue that many of the most fundamental challenges have little to do with globalization. In contrast to many popular acc ... More

Keywords: affluent democracies, austerity, contemporary welfare state, demographic pressure, economic pressure, elections, globalization, health care, labour markets, modernization, parties, pensions, political institutions, politics, popularity, public policy, renegotiation, restructuring, social policy, social pressure, welfare state

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Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198297567
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198297564.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Pierson, editor
Harvard University

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Paul Pierson

Part I Sources of Pressure on the Contemporary Welfare State

Part II Adjustment Dynamics: Economic Actors and Systems of Interest Intermediation

Part III Adjustment Dynamics Parties, Elections, and Political Institutions

Part IV Comparing Policy Domains

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