Diminishing Welfare: A Cross-National Study of Social Provision (Hardback)
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Diminishing Welfare: A Cross-National Study of Social Provision (Hardback)

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Hardback 408 Pages / Published: 30/11/2001
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Particularly in the 1990s, social welfare programs have been cut back in a number of countries. Indeed, the phrases ending welfare as we know it or dismantling the welfare state have been used to describe this trend. In this analysis by well-recognized social welfare scholars, the nature and extent of changes in social welfare programs in key industrial or post-industrial countries is scrutinized. Determining if and how social welfare and employment prospects have been cut back in the United States, Canada, Sweden, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Hungary, and Japan helps to identify the population groups hardest hit by cutback. In the United States, for example, poor, single-mother families have suffered major reductions in income support, while more powerful groups have avoided major losses. This cross-national study not only sheds light on general trends in social welfare but also provides clues to what constitutes successful reform and what has failed. This major comparative analysis will be of interest to scholars, students, policy makers, and professionals as well as the general public concerned with social welfare issues, full employment, poverty, and economic inequality.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780865692725
Number of pages: 408
Weight: 771 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 26 mm


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"This systematic analysis of welfare state retrenchment will spur debates. This is an indispensable and comprehensive work. It sets the stage for 21st century model building to promote economic and social justice."-Katharine Briar-Lawson School of Social Welfare State University of New York at Albany
"An indispensable resource for social policy researchers and teachers. It shows, in well-documented detail, how safety nets for the elderly, families, and children, are on a steady decline in much of the Western world."-Leon Ginsberg Carolina Distinguished Professor College of Social Work University of South Carolina
"The editors of Diminishing Welfare, Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg and Marguerite G. Rosenthal, have assembled a fine array of comprehensive but accessible and interesting studies on the fate of the welfare state in nine nations, spanning three continents. This book will be an asset to intellectual and political debates on the future of the welfare state and an invaluable tool for courses in social policy, social work, political sociology, social inequality, and political science, among others. The introductory chapter, covering the stages of emergence, growth and crisis, and a concluding essay reviewing major themes, issues and theoretical perspective and providing a bibliography of key works in the social policy field makes this book particularly useful for both graduate and undergraduate students."-Gregg M. Olsen Sociology University of Manitoba Canada author of The Politics of the Welfare State: Canada, Sweden and the United States

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