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The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State

edited by Daniel Beland, Kimberly J. Morgan, Herbert Obinger & Christopher Pierson

Oxford University Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2021
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This is the comprehensively-revised second edition of a volume that was welcomed at its first appearance as 'the most authoritative survey and critique of the welfare state yet published'. Its fifty-one chapters have been written by acknowledged experts in the field from across Europe, Australia, and North America. Some chapters are brand new; all have been systematically revised, and they are right up to date. The first seven sections of the book cover the themes of Ethics, History, Approaches, Inputs and Actors, Policies, Policy Outcomes, and Worlds of Welfare. A final chapter is devoted to the future of welfare and well-being under the imperatives of climate change. Every chapter is written in a way that is both comprehensive and succinct, introducing the novice reader to the essentials of what is going on while providing new insights for the more experienced researcher. Wherever appropriate, the handbook brings the very latest empirical evidence to bear. It is a book that is thoroughly comparative in every way.

The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State, second edition, is a comprehensible and comprehensive survey of everything that it is important to know about the welfare state in these troubled times. It is an indispensable source for everyone who wants to know what is really going on now, and what is likely to happen next.

About the authors

Daniel Béland est titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada en politiques publiques à la Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (Université de la Saskatchewan). Détenteur d’un doctorat en sociologie politique de l’École des hautes études en sciences sociales (Paris), il a été chercheur invité à l’Université Harvard, à l’Université de Chicago et à l’Université George Washington, ainsi qu’au Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Ses travaux portent principalement sur les transformations de la protection sociale dans les sociétés contemporaines.

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