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Alternatives for Welfare Policy : Coping with Internationalisation and Demographic Change - Torben M. Andersen

Alternatives for Welfare Policy

Coping with Internationalisation and Demographic Change

By: Torben M. Andersen (Editor), Per Molander (Editor)

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Published: 29th January 2008
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Demographic change and increasingly international markets are putting severe pressure on developed welfare states in the OECD countries. The contributors to this book assess the magnitude of these challenges and discuss in depth, and in concrete terms, what policy options are open to meet them. Looking at public service production, social insurance, tax policy and debt policy, they examine the main costs and benefits associated with an extensive welfare state and ask whether the same objectives can be reached with a welfare regime that is less costly. They also discuss whether the organization of the welfare state is capable of meeting future challenges facing a changing society. This rigorous analysis draws on empirical material from OECD countries with a focus on the Scandinavian countries.

List of contributors
Preface
Introduction
International integration and the welfare state
The changing age structure and the public sector
Emigration from the Scandinavian welfare states
Productivity and costs in public production of services
Use of fees in the provision of public services in OECD countries
Privatisation of social insurance with reference to Sweden
Occupational welfare
Pathways to retirement and retirement incentives in Sweden
Social insurance and redistribution
Assessing the effect of introducing welfare accounts in Sweden
Taxation in a global economy
Taxation and education investment in the tertiary sector
Debt strategies for Sweden and Europe
Policy options for reforming the welfare state Torben
Index
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ISBN: 9780521047197
ISBN-10: 0521047196
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 396
Published: 29th January 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.55