The New Political Economy of Welfare
Over the past decade, Beyond the Welfare State? has become
established as the key text on the emergence and development of
welfare states. It offers a comprehensive and remarkably
well-informed introduction to the ever more intense debates that
surround the history and, still more importantly, the future of
welfare in advanced industrialised states.
Comprehensively revised and re-written, this third edition of
the book embraces all of the most important theoretical and
empirical developments in welfare state studies of recent years.
Working within an explicitly comparative framework, the book draws
on a wealth of international evidence to survey what are now the
most pressing issues surrounding the future of welfare: among them,
globalisation, demographic change, declining fertility,
postindustrialism and immigration. It draws extensively on the
explosion of work on welfare states that has emerged within the
North American political science community over the past ten years
as well as giving detailed attention to developments with the UK,
continental and northern Europe and beyond.
Beyond the Welfare State? remains the most comprehensive and
up-to-date guide to the complex of issues that surround welfare
reform. It is required reading for anyone who wants to come to
terms with what is really at stake in arguments about the future of