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The Politics of Social Solidarity : Class Bases of the European Welfare State, 1875-1975 - Peter Baldwin

The Politics of Social Solidarity

Class Bases of the European Welfare State, 1875-1975

Paperback Published: 22nd June 1992
ISBN: 9780521428934
Number Of Pages: 368

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This book examines the social bases of the European welfare state, and the interests developed in or against social policy by various classes of society, during the period 1875-1975 in Britain, France, Germany, Denmark, and Sweden. By analyzing the competing concerns of different social "actors" that lie behind the evolution of social policy, it explains why some nations had an easy time in developing a generous and solidaristic welfare state while others fought long and entrenched battles. In particular, the book examines the period after the Second World War and looks in detail at the state developed by the bourgeoisie in welfare policies. By casting its net across five nations and a whole century, the book attempts to establish a broad logic of interest behind the welfare state based on a very extensive range of archival material.

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' ... a very important book, one that is certain to become a cornerstone in the welfare state literature ... In the introduction, Baldwin claims that 'the search for the social bases of welfare states is far from over'. This book does not put a final end to the search, but it does catapult it to new heights of scholarship.' American Journal of Sociology ' ... a study which manages to be both authoritative and remarkably wide in scope ... a book which gives intellectual pleasure and must be compulsory reading for everyone interested in comparative studies.' Journal of European Social Policy ' ... definitely one of the most invigorating and sharp analyses that has been produced over the last ten years on the theory of the evolution of the modern welfare state.' Journal of Public Policy

The origins of the solidaristic welfare state: Scandinavia
The triumph of the solidaristic welfare state: Britain and Scandinavia
The failure of the solidaristic welfare state: France and Germany
From Beveridge back to Bismarck: the superannuation issue
Solidarity by the back door
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ISBN: 9780521428934
ISBN-10: 0521428939
Series: Class Bases of the European Welfare State 1875-1975
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 22nd June 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.58 x 15.09  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.53