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Age, Class, Politics, and the Welfare State : American Sociological Association Rose Monographs - Fred C. Pampel

Age, Class, Politics, and the Welfare State

American Sociological Association Rose Monographs

Paperback Published: 28th December 1992
ISBN: 9780521437912
Number Of Pages: 218

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This analysis of the growth of welfare spending examines the relative impact of class and status groups versus demographic composition and political structures. Special attention is given to the role of the aged as representative of the importance of ascription and middle-class groups in welfare growth, and to the effect of welfare spending on income inequality. Aggregate cross-national data from the UN, ILO, and the World Bank are analyzed and the conclusion is drawn that a large aged population, especially in combination with democratic political processes, is a direct and crucial influence on the level of welfare spending.

'This is a fine book and shows an analytic and authorial maturity that we would all do well to emulate. The results are striking, important, and persuasive even if distressing to those of us who want to believe that the right government can make a difference. Beyond the obvious readership of those interested in social welfare policy, anyone interested in the relations among economy, society, and polity would do well to read this book.' Jennifer L. Hochschild, Political Science Quarterly 'The theoretical issues involved in the topic are clearly laid out and pursued throughout the book in an informative way, and the implications of the empirical results for those issues are fully addressed. The conclusions offer a fresh perspective on the welfare state that emphasizes the joint importance of demographic and political factors.' Robert Jackman

Preface
The welfare state: some neglected considerations
Theoretical perspectives on the welfare state
Social welfare spending in advanced industrial democracies
Social welfare spending and democratic political context
Economic growth, social welfare spending, and income inequality
Infant mortality, equality, and social welfare spending
Conclusions: the causes and consequences of the welfare state
References
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ISBN: 9780521437912
ISBN-10: 0521437911
Series: American Sociological Association Rose Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 218
Published: 28th December 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.3

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