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The Politics of Pensions: A Comparative Analysis of Britain, Canada and the United States, 1880-1940 (Hardback)
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The Politics of Pensions: A Comparative Analysis of Britain, Canada and the United States, 1880-1940 (Hardback)

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Hardback 384 Pages / Published: 28/02/1993
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By offering a comparative, institutional analysis of how state-supported pensions for the elderly developed in Britain, Canada and the United States, Anna Shola Orloff aims to make a contribution to understanding the growth of modern social welfare policies. It is not enough, Orloff demonstrates, to simply examine socioeconomic factors in the growth of the welfare state. She argues that welfare policies are also shaped by the political institutions and processes that are the legacy of state formation and expansion in particular nations. Orloff explains why, when and how poor relief was replaced by modern social insurance legislation and pensions for the elderly in the first three decades of the 20th century. She analyses the long-term social and political transformation that laid the basis for modern social politics: the spread of waged work, the development of new liberal ideologies and the expansion and transformation of state administrative capacities. Combining original historical research with the analysis of secondary sources, Orloff's work is an example of the use of comparative and historical methods in answering questions about macropolitical transformation, such as the origin of the welfare state. ""The Politics of Pensions"" outlines an original, interdisciplinary approach that should appeal to a wide variety of readers: political sociologists interested in the state, social workers and specialists in old age policy, and comparative researchers of all disciplines engaged in research on the welfare state.

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299132200
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 712 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 30 mm


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"There is a vast literature on the development of the welfare state but few substantive comparative books that pursue a causal analysis. Ann Orloff's project will be an exceptionally important addition to the literature. This book will force those interested in explaining the development of the welfare state to revise their arguments."--Jill Quadagno, Florida State University

There is a vast literature on the development of the welfare state but few substantive comparative books that pursue a causal analysis. Ann Orloff s project will be an exceptionally important addition to the literature. This book will force those interested in explaining the development of the welfare state to revise their arguments. Jill Quadagno, Florida State University
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