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The Future of the Welfare State: Crisis Myths and Crisis Realities

Francis G. Castles


This book uses data from 21 OECD countries for the period 1980 to 1998 to test a variety of hypotheses suggesting that contemporary welfare states are in crisis and to establish the factors shaping the trajectory of welfare state development during these years. It assesses the validity of arguments that globalization leads to a ‘race to the bottom’ in social spending and that population ageing poses a threat to public budgets. It finds both of these arguments wanting and, instead, suggests that contemporary welfare states have been converging to a steady state over recent decades. The book als ... More

Keywords: European social model, family-friendly public policy, fertility trends, globalization, new politics of the welfare state, population ageing, race to the bottom, steady-state welfare, welfare state crisis, welfare state typologies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199270170
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2004 DOI:10.1093/0199270171.001.0001


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Francis G. Castles, author
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