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Welfare and Work in the Open Economy Volume II: Diverse Responses to Common Challenges in Twelve Countries

Fritz W. Scharpf and Vivien A. Schmidt


This is the second of a two‐volume study of the adjustment of advanced welfare states to international economic pressures, in which leading scholars detail the wide variety of responses in 12 countries to the challenges to their employment and social policy systems in the period between the first oil‐price crises of the early 1970s and the increasing economic globalization of the 1980s and 1990s. Chapters in this volume provide in‐depth studies of countries’ adjustment experiences over three decades, beginning with a snapshot of the ‘golden age’ of the welfare state c.1970, then proceeding wit ... More

Keywords: employment, globalization, labour market, liberalization, oil‐price crises, older workers, social policy, tax competition, welfare state, women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780199240920
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199240922.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fritz W. Scharpf, editor
Max Plank Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne
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Vivien A. Schmidt, editor
Boston University
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