© 1991

Can the Welfare State Compete?

A Comparative Study of Five Advanced Capitalist Countries

  • Alfred Pfaller
  • Ian Gough
  • Göran Therborn

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Alfred Pfaller, Ian Gough, Göran Therborn
    Pages 1-14
  3. Alfred Pfaller
    Pages 45-99
  4. Ian Gough
    Pages 101-151
  5. Xavier Greffe
    Pages 153-186
  6. Michael Krüger, Alfred Pfaller
    Pages 187-228
  7. Göran Therborn
    Pages 229-269
  8. Alfred Pfaller, Ian Gough, Göran Therborn
    Pages 271-297
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 299-354

About this book


The authors examine how the USA, Great Britain, France, Sweden and Germany have responded to the increasing challenge of international competition since the mid-1970s. Apart from in Sweden, the pursuit of competitiveness has undermined economic and social citizenship rights, and this has, in Britain and the USA, engendered an assault upon the idea of the welfare state. Solidarity and social discipline will be severely tested if the welfare state is to remain economically and politically viable in a highly competitive modern world.


gender Germany Welfare Welfare State

Editors and affiliations

  • Alfred Pfaller
    • 1
  • Ian Gough
    • 2
  • Göran Therborn
    • 3
  1. 1.Friedrich Ebert FoundationBonnGermany
  2. 2.University of ManchesterUK
  3. 3.Göteborg UniversitySweden

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