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

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Transformations of the Welfare State gives a new twist to the longstanding debate on the impact of economic globalization on the welfare state. The authors focus 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 innovatively integrates the literature on the political economy of small states with more recent research on the impact of globalization on social policy to generate a set of ideal-typical policy scenarios. In the main body of the book, the authors systematically test these scenarios against the experience of four countries: Austria, Denmark, New Zealand, and Switzerland. The comparative, in-depth analysis of reform trajectories since the 1970s in four key policy areas; pensions, labor market policy, health care, and family policy provides, according to the authors, substantial evidence of a new convergence in welfare state patterns. They go on to argue that this amounts to a fundamental transformation of the welfare state from the old Keynesian welfare state positioned 'against the market' to a new set of supply-side policies 'with' and 'for' the market. Yet one of the big lessons to be learned from this timely study is that the transformation does not match the doomsday scenario predicted by neo-classical economists in the 1990s. There is no evidence of a 'race to the bottom' of social expenditure and standards of social protection, nor of a convergence towards a 'liberal' social policy model. Looking to the possible future of the welfare state in an era newly marked by profound uncertainty, the authors sound an optimistic note for states of any size.

Small States, Big Lessons.

Small States, Big Lessons. 332 pp, ISBN 978-0-19-929632-3, 2010. In sum, the book offers significant lessons on transformation of teh welfare state in small states

Small States, Big Lessons. Covers four key policy areas - pensions, health, labour market, and family in four very different welfare states over more than 30 years. Takes on some of the 'big questions' that fuel political debate across the OECD-world today. In sum, the book offers significant lessons on transformation of teh welfare state in small states. It is extremely valuable for teaching, having the potential to become a bible in welfare state courses for the next decade.

Oxford: Oxford University Press. 50, pp. 320, hbk. CHRISTINE TRAMPUSCH (a1). Published online by Cambridge University Press: 04 July 2011.

Herbert Obinger, Peter Starke, +3 authors Stephan Leibfried

Herbert Obinger, Peter Starke, +3 authors Stephan Leibfried. Transformations of the Welfare State gives a new twist to the longstanding debate on the impact of economic globalization on the welfare state. Small states can be seen as an 'early warning system' for general trends, because of their dependence on world markets and vulnerability to competitiv. ONTINUE READING.

Welfare State Transformations and Inequality in OECD Countries. Part of the Transformations of the State book series (TRST). Welfare State Transformations and Inequality in OECD Countries pp 293-309 Cite as. The New Welfare State Constellation and Inequality: Findings and Perspectives. Authors and affiliations. Transformations of the Welfare State: Small States, Big Lessons. Oxford: Oxford University Press. CrossRefGoogle Scholar.

Transformations of the welfare state: small states, big lessons. H Obinger, P Starke, J Moser, C Bogedan, E Gindulis, S Leibfried. Oxford University Press, 2010. Introduction: Federalism and the welfare state. H Obinger, FG Castles, S Leibfried. Federalism and the welfare state: New world and European experiences, 1-50, 2005.

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