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Table of contents (11 chapters)
Organized Interests, Political Actors, and Social Groups
Public Attitudes Towards Reforms
About this book
Studying the political economy of welfare state reform, this edited collection focuses on the role of public opinion and organized interests in respect to policy change. It highlights that welfare states are hard pressed to reform in order to cope with ongoing socio-economic and demographic challenges. While public opinion is commonly seen to oppose welfare cuts and organized interests such as trade unions have tended to defend acquired social rights, this book shows that there have been emergent tendencies in favour of reform.
Welfare State Reforms Seen from Below analyses a wide range of social policies affecting healthcare, pensions and the labour market to demonstrate how social groups and interest organizations differ and interact in their approaches to reform. Comparing Britain and Germany, with its two very different welfare states, it provides a European perspective on the changing approaches to welfare.
This book will be of interest to those wanting to learn more about the politics of the welfare state and of relevance to students and academics in the fields of political economy and comparative social policy.
- Welfare cuts
- Britain and Germany
- Trade unions
- Public Opinion Towards Welfare Reforms
- Retirement Age Reforms
- Labour Market Reforms in Germany
- Ageing Societies
- Welfare State Reforms in Europe
Editors and Affiliations
Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
SFB 884 “Political Economy of Reforms”, University of Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
About the editors
Elias Naumann is Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Collaborative Research Center SFB 884 “Political Economy of Reforms” at the University of Mannheim, Germany. His research interests include comparative welfare state research, public opinion and experimental methods in the social sciences.
Book Title: Welfare State Reforms Seen from Below
Book Subtitle: Comparing Public Attitudes and Organized Interests in Britain and Germany
Editors: Bernhard Ebbinghaus, Elias Naumann
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham
eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-63651-1Published: 17 January 2018
Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-87605-4Published: 04 June 2019
eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-63652-8Published: 24 November 2017
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XVI, 297
Number of Illustrations: 18 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
Topics: Welfare, Comparative Social Policy, International Political Economy’