Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 39, Issue 3, pp 524–529 | Cite as

Transformations of the Welfare State

Martinelli, Flavia, Anneli Anttonen, and Margitta Mätzke (Eds.), Social Services Disrupted: Changes, Challenges and Policy Implications for Europe in Times of Austerity. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017, 425 pages
  • Richard K. CaputoEmail author
Book Review

Social Services Disrupted is an important, informative book that will benefit those interested in changes in welfare state developments throughout Europe over the past 30 years from what preceded it. It is also timely, given recent reports about the electoral success in some European countries of more politically extreme candidates extending state involvement in social service provisioning (e.g., in 2016 Poland’s Law and Justice Party launched the Family 500Plus program that pays a monthly stipend of 500 zloyts ($148) per child, starting with the second) and the shortcomings of states outsourcing social services to private contractors to achieve greater cost savings or meet the needs of their most vulnerable citizens (e.g., bankruptcies of for-profit adult social service care providers in Britain) (Battle of the Benefits 2018; de Freytas-Tamura 2018; National Audit Office 2018). The role and consequences of the formation in 1958 (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg,...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Yeshiva UniversityNew YorkUSA

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