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The Politics of the New Welfare State
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The Politics of the New Welfare State

Giuliano Bonoli and David Natali

Abstract

Since the early 1990s, European welfare states have undergone substantial changes. Traditional programmes, such as old age pensions have been curtailed. Cost-containment measures have been adopted also in other parts of the welfare state, ranging from health care services to invalidity benefits. At the same time, today's welfare states have taken up some new functions. They are expected to help and/or push non-working people back into employment, to complement work income for the working poor, to help parents reconcile work and family life, to promote gender equality, to support child developm ... More

Keywords: welfare state, welfare reforms, social policy, labour market, new social risks

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199645244
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645244.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Giuliano Bonoli, editor
Professor of Social Policy, Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP)

David Natali, editor
Associate Professor, R. Ruffilli Faculty of Political Science In Forli', at the University of Bologna

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Contents

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Introduction

1 The Politics of the ‘New’ Welfare States

Giuliano Bonoli David Natali

Part I Perspectives on the New Welfare State

3 The Governance of Economic Uncertainty

Colin Crouch Maarten Keune

Part II The Theoretical Underpinnings of the New Welfare State

Part III Trajectories of Change

Part IV Continent-wide Perspectives

Conclusion

End Matter