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Just Institutions Matter : The Moral and Political Logic of the Universal Welfare State - Bo Rothstein

Just Institutions Matter

The Moral and Political Logic of the Universal Welfare State

By: Bo Rothstein, Robert E. Goodin (Editor), Brian Barry (Editor), Russell Hardin (Editor), Carole Pateman (Editor)

Paperback Published: 11th May 1998
ISBN: 9780521598934
Number Of Pages: 272

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In this book Bo Rothstein seeks to defend the universal welfare state against a number of important criticisms that it has faced in recent years. Issues discussed include the relationship between welfare state and civil society, the privatization of social services, and changing values within society. He explains the great variation among contemporary welfare states in terms of differing moral and political logics that have been set in motion by the deliberate choices of political institutions. The book is an important contribution both to philosophical and political debates about the future of the welfare state.

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'Just Institutions Matter should be a frequently cited work among those interested in comparative politics and policy and the general issue of policy evaluation. Rothstein is eloquent in his argument for universalistic principles to guide social welfare policy, and he is very creative and analytically agile in providing a language and framework for connecting values and policy.' American Polticial Science Review 'Overall, the book makes the best case for universal social policy I have seen; it is also an insightful analysis of the politics of universal welfare states ... this is an excellent book and can be highly recommended to scholars of social welfare policy, Scandinavia, and comparative politics. It is appropriate for advanced courses in the areas of social theory, public policy, and European and comparative politics.' American Journal of Sociology

List of figuresp. x
List of tablesp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Speculation and disciplinep. 1
The universal welfare state and the question of individual autonomyp. 30
Is governance possible?p. 57
What can the state do? An analytical modelp. 71
Just institutions matterp. 116
The political and moral logic of the universal welfare statep. 144
Putting history in orderp. 171
The autonomous citizen and the future of the universal welfare policyp. 188
Toward a constructive theory of public policyp. 216
Bibliographyp. 223
Indexp. 249
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ISBN: 9780521598934
ISBN-10: 0521598931
Series: Theories of Institutional Design
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 11th May 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43