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Welfare and the Great Recession: A Comparative Study

Stefán Ólafsson, Mary Daly, Olli Kangas, and Joakim Palme


This book surveys and analyses the welfare consequences of the Great Recession in Europe and investigates how the burdens of the crisis were shared—between countries, between different socio-economic groups across Europe, and within individual countries. The studies are based on broad comparisons of 30 countries and deeper analyses of 9 country cases. The approach is grounded in classical theories about crisis responses and relates financial hardship to institutional characteristics—such as welfare regimes, currency regimes, socio-political patterns, affluence levels, public debt, and policy r ... More

Keywords: welfare, recession, distributing burdens, policies, lessons

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198830962
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198830962.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stefán Ólafsson, editor
Professor of Sociology, The University of Iceland

Mary Daly, editor
Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford, UK

Olli Kangas, editor
Professor of Practice, University of Turku, Finland

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1 Introduction

Stefán Ólafsson, Mary Daly, Olli Kangas, and Joakim Palme

Part I: Comparative Profiles, Theories, and Policies

2 Welfare Consequences of the Crisis in Europe

Stefán Ólafsson and Kolbeinn Stefánsson

Part II: Country Case Studies

5 Greece

Manos Matsaganis

6 Spain

Ana M. Guillén and Sergio González Begega

7 Ireland

Mary Daly

9 Finland

Olli Kangas

10 UK

Fran Bennett

11 Denmark

Jørgen Goul Andersen

12 Norway

Jon Erik Dølvik and Johannes Oldervoll

13 Sweden

Joakim Palme

Part III: Outcomes and Lessons

14 How Institutional Environments and Policies Impacted Hardship

Stefán Ólafsson, Agnar Freyr Helgason, and Kolbeinn Stefánsson

15 Conclusions

Stefán Ólafsson