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The Handbook of European Welfare Systems



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The Handbook of European Welfare Systems
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This book provides the first comprehensive information and detailed data on the welfare systems of all twenty-seven EU member states and offers the reader an invaluable introduction and basis for comparative welfare research. The introductory chapter summarizes the actual debate about welfare states and welfare (state) regimes, gives an overview on current welfare (state) research and analyses the main recent developments necessitating a new focus on European Welfare Systems. The twenty-seven chapters on the welfare systems of the member states are written on the basis of a common structure by experts from the individual states. An additional chapter analyses the current social and welfare policies of the EU and focuses on the interplay and limits between European and national social policies. Two concluding chapters provide (a) a first comparative analysis on the basis of all twenty-seven European Welfare Systems and (b) a theoretical reflection both arguing for and venturing the idea of politically limited pluralism in European welfare politics.

Author Biography

Dr. Klaus Schubert is Professor of German Politics and Policy Field Analysis at the Institute of Political Science, University of Munster, Germany Dr. Simon Hegelich, is currently Research Fellow and Coordinator of the Graduate School of Politics at the Institute of Political Science, University of Munster, Germany Dr. Ursula Bazant, is Counsellor at the Federal Chancellery of Austria, Department for Economic and OECD Affairs, Labour Market and Social Policy, Vienna, Austria
Release date NZ
June 19th, 2009
Edited by Klaus Schubert Edited by Simon Hegelich Edited by Ursula Bazant
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
20 Line drawings, black and white; 142 Tables, black and white; 20 Illustrations, black and white
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