Economics of the Welfare State

Author: Nicholas Barr
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199297819
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The fifth edition of this successful textbook discusses the different parts of the welfare system and, in particular, cash benefits, the health service, and education. The text is organized into four parts: Concepts, Cash benefits, Benefits in kind, and Epilogue.

The Economics of the Welfare State

Author: N. A. Barr
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804735513
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"The Economics of the Welfare State continues to be essential reading for upper level undergraduate and first year graduate students of public economics, and social and public policy."--Jacket.

The Political Economy of the Welfare State in Latin America

Author: Alex Segura-Ubiergo
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139464612
Format: PDF
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This book, published in 2007, was one of the first attempts to analyze how developing countries through the early twenty-first century have established systems of social protection, and how these systems have been affected by the processes of globalization and democratization. The book focuses on Latin America to identify factors associated with the evolution of welfare state policies during the pre-globalization period prior to 1979, whilst studying how globalization and democratization have affected governments' fiscal commitment to social spending. In contrast with the Western European experience, more developed welfare systems evolved in countries relatively closed to international trade, while the recent process of globalization that has swept the region has put substantial downward pressure on social security expenditures. Health and education spending has been relatively protected from greater exposure to international markets and has actually increased substantially with the shift to democracy.

The Welfare State as Piggy Bank

Author: N. A. Barr
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199246599
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'Presents a cogently argued account of the principles underlying Welfare State policies and their practical consequences... I have not seen the economic and public policy distinction between compulsory and post-compulsory education set out so clearly and convincingly before.' -Judith Marquand, Mansfield College, Oxford, Journal of Public Policy'The book is a fruitful blend of economic modelling and institutional analysis... An impressive feature is the author's discussion in each section of 'twenty first century issues' and the final part of the book on 'The Welfare State in a Changing World'... this book goes to the heart of the economic issues surrounding the welfare state, and stimulates the reader to further thought.' -Tony Atkinson, Nuffield College, Oxford'If I were asked to design a social policy course from scratch... I would certainly include Nicholas Barr's book as a key text... this is a stimulating and successful text, a good example of the contribution economic analysis can make to social policy teaching and study.' -Rudolf Klein, London School of Economics and London School of Hygiene, Social Policy'Barr's book can be strongly recommended to anyone with an interest in the development of social policy... Excellent and timely.' -Sir Howard Davies, Times Higher Education SupplementThis book is about economics and its application to the welfare state. Its core argument is that the welfare state exists for reasons additional to poverty relief, reasons arising out of pervasive problems of imperfect information, risk, and uncertainty. Barr focuses on the efficiency argument, indicating that the welfare state is here to stay, and discusses the ways in which it can and will adapt to economic and social change.

The Comparative Political Economy of the Welfare State

Author: Thomas Janoski
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521436021
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Comparative research is exploding with alternative methodological and theoretical approaches. In this book, experts in each one of these methods provide a comprehensive explanation and application of time-series, pooled, event history and Boolean methods to substantive problems of the welfare state. Each section of the book focuses on a different method with a general introduction to the methods and then two papers using the method to deal with analysis concerning welfare state problems in a political economy perspective. Scholars concerned with methodology in this area cannot afford to overlook this book because it will help them keep up on proliferating methodologies. Graduate students in political science and sociology will find this book extremely useful in their careers.

The Possibility of Politics

Author: Stein Ringen
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 9781412831611
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The Possibility of Politics explores the power of political reform, specifically reform of the modern welfare state. Can reform be effective if limited to cautious and piecemeal interventions that avoid radicalism and revolution? Can it also avoid unwanted consequences? Will the welfare state survive in the future? Stein Ringen views the welfare state as a large-scale experiment in political reform. To ask if the welfare state works is to ask if political reform is possible at all. By its nature, the welfare state is reform on a grand scale, for it attempts to change the circumstances individuals and families live under without changing and disrupting society itself. But is it realistic to believe a population can get together, set goals and then try to meet these goals through collective actions, specifically public policies, without causing unintended consequences and destroying the state in the process? The welfare state attempts, idealistically, to redistribute welfare without reshaping the economic processes that cause inequities in the first place. Ringen considers how well redistribution has met the test in terms of political legitimacy, its intended effects on poverty and inequality, as well as its undesired and unintended effects on economic efficiency and the quality of private life. Ultimately, does the welfare state work? Further, is the welfare state a good thing? In considering these questions, The Possibility of Politics should be of particular value to academics and advanced students interested in political theory, public economics, social administration, and political sociology. Stein Ringen is professor of sociology and social policy at Oxford University and a Fellow of Green College. He teaches social and political theory and research methodology for graduates in social policy, sociology, politics, economic and social history and other subjects.

The Political Economy of the Irish Welfare State

Author: Fred Powell
Publisher: Policy Press
ISBN: 1447332911
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A fascinating interpretation of the evolution of social policy in modern Ireland, as the product of a triangulated relationship between church, state and capital.