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Transformations of the Welfare State: Small States, Big Lessons

Herbert Obinger, Peter Starke, Julia Moser, Claudia Bogedan, Edith Gindulis, and Stephan Leibfried


This book gives a twist to the longstanding debate on the impact of economic globalization on the welfare state. It focuses on several small, advanced OECD economies in order to assess whether (and how) the welfare state will be able to compete under conditions of an increasingly integrated world economy. Small states can be seen as an ‘early warning system’ for general trends, because of their dependence on world markets and vulnerability to competitive pressures. The book's theoretical part integrates the literature on the political economy of small states with more recent research on the im ... More

Keywords: economic globalization, welfare state, OECD countries, world economy, small states, social policy, pensions, labour market policy, health care, family policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199296323
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296323.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Herbert Obinger, author
Professor of Comparative Public and Social Policy, University of Bremen
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Peter Starke, author
Research Fellow, University of Bremen

Julia Moser, author
Project Manager "Human Resources Development", Rationalisierungs- und Innovationszentrum der Deutschen Wirtschaft e.V., RKW Kompetenzzentrum, Eschborn, Germany.