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Routledge Handbook of European Welfare Systems

Edited by: Sonja Blum , Johanna Kuhlmann , Klaus Schubert

Print publication date:  December  2019
Online publication date:  November  2019

Print ISBN: 9780367259150
eBook ISBN: 9780429290510
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Published ten years after the first edition, this new Handbook offers topical, and comprehensive information on the welfare systems of all 28 EU member states and their recent reforms, giving the reader an invaluable introduction and basis for comparative welfare research. Additional chapters provide detailed information on EU social policy, as well as comparative analyses of European welfare systems and their reform pathways. For this second edition, all chapters have been updated and substantially revised, and Croatia additionally included.

The second edition of this Handbook is most timely, given the often-fundamental welfare state transformations against the background of the financial and economic crises, transforming social policy ideas, as well as political shifts in a number of European countries. The book sets out to analyse these new developments when it comes to social policy. In the first part, all country chapters provide systematic and comparable information on the foundations of the different national welfare systems and their characteristics. In the second part, using a joint conceptual foundation, they focus on policy changes (especially of the last two decades) in different social policy areas, including old-age, labour market, family, healthcare, and social assistance policies.

As the comparative chapters conclude, European welfare system landscapes have been in constant motion in the last two decades. While austerity is not to be seen on the aggregate level, the in-depth country studies show that all policy sectors have been characterised by different reform directions and ideas. The findings not only reveal both change and continuity, but also policy reversal as a distinct type that characterises social policy reform. The book provides a rich resource to the international welfare state research community, and is also useful for social policy teaching.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Reform pathways of European welfare systems Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Austrification in welfare system change? Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Belgium’s welfare system Download PDF
Chapter  4:  The Bulgarian welfare system Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The restructuring of the Cypriot welfare system Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Hybridisation and diversification Download PDF
Chapter  7:  The German welfare system Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Denmark – a universal welfare system with restricted austerity Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The welfare system in Estonia Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The Spanish welfare system Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Still holding its breath Download PDF
Chapter  12:  The recalibration of the French welfare system Download PDF
Chapter  13:  ‘Liberalising’ social protection amid austerity in Greece Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The Croatian welfare system Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Pathway to a punitive workfare system Download PDF
Chapter  16:  The welfare system in Ireland over the last 20 years Download PDF
Chapter  17:  The Italian welfare system Download PDF
Chapter  18:  The Lithuanian welfare system over the last 20 years of democratic transition Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Changes in Luxembourg’s welfare system (1998–2018) Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Social policy reforms in Latvia Download PDF
Chapter  21:  The Maltese welfare system Download PDF
Chapter  22:  The Dutch participatory state Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Politics of welfare Download PDF
Chapter  24:  The Portuguese welfare system Download PDF
Chapter  25:  The Romanian welfare system Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The Swedish welfare system Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Restructuring the Slovenian welfare system Download PDF
Chapter  28:  The Slovak welfare system Download PDF
Chapter  29:  The United Kingdom Download PDF
Chapter  30:  European Union social policy Download PDF
Chapter  31:  The development of welfare state spending in the EU, 1995–2015 Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Landscapes in motion Download PDF
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