Dilemmas of the Welfare Mix

The New Structure of Welfare in an Era of Privatization

  • Ugo Ascoli
  • Costanzo Ranci

Part of the Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies book series (NCSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Ugo Ascoli, Costanzo Ranci
    Pages 1-24
  3. Costanzo Ranci
    Pages 25-45
  4. Magne Eikås, Per Selle
    Pages 47-75
  5. Edith Archambault, Judith Boumendil
    Pages 109-134
  6. Sebastián Sarasa, Guida Obrador
    Pages 197-224
  7. Ugo Ascoli, Costanzo Ranci
    Pages 225-243
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 245-264

About this book


The 1990's will be remembered in Europe as the period in which `privatization' assumed significant proportions in the field of welfare policies. In an age of crisis for the welfare state and increased demand of care services, there is now a widespread opinion that future welfare systems will see more and more space occupied by private and nonprofit organizations taking the direct responsibility of providing services and meeting the needs of the clients.
A "welfare mix" is emerging as a system in which government, private and nonprofit organizations operate in place of the state monopoly; nonprofit organizations, in particular, have obtained formal recognition as partners of public authorities and professional groups in policy making. An increasing interdependence between state, private and third sector organizations will characterize next years all post-industrial societies. Through research in the field of social care in six European Countries (France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain and the U.K.) the authors highlight the role of nonprofit and commercial organizations in the new "welfare mix systems" and main social and institutional effects of such new order.
This volume in the Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies series is the first attempt to bridge the relevant gap existing between the literature on the welfare state and studies on the nonprofit sector.


Change Institution Policy interdependence meeting

Editors and affiliations

  • Ugo Ascoli
    • 1
  • Costanzo Ranci
    • 2
  1. 1.Facolta di economiaUniversita di AnconaAnconaItaly
  2. 2.Politecnico di Milano, DIAPMilanoItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-3381-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4757-4992-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2579
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