In this ground-breaking, two-volume study of the adjustment of advanced welfare states to international economic pressures, leading scholars detail the wide variety of responses in twelve countries. Rejecting any notion of convergence to some kind of neo-liberal orthodoxy, they find that most countries have remained true to the basic features of their postwar model as they have liberalized. Moreover, within different welfare- state constellations, while some countries are still struggling to adjust, others have reached a new sustainable equilibrium. Volume I presents comparative analyses of differences in countries' vulnerabilities and capabilities, the effectiveness of the policy responses, and the role of values and discourse in the politics of adjustment. Volume II presents in-depth analyses of the experiences of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom as well as special studies on the the participation of women in the labour market, early retirement, the liberalization of public services, and international tax competition.
1: Fritz W. Scharpf and Vivien A. Schmidt: Introduction
2: Martin Rhodes: Restructuring the British welfare state: Between domestic constraints and global imperatives
3: Herman Schwartz: Internationalization and two liberal welfare states: Australia and New Zealand
4: Giuliano Bonoli and Andre Mach: Switzerland: Adjustment politics within institutional constraints
5: Anton Hemerijck, Brigitte Unger, and Jelle Visser: How small countries egotiate change: Twenty-five years of policy adjustment in Austria, the netherlands, and Belgium
6: Philip Manow and Eric Seils: Adjusting badly: The German welfare state, structural change, and the open economy
7: Jonah D. Levy: France: Directing adjustment?
8: Maurizio Ferrera and Elisabetta Gualmini: Italy: Rescue from without?
9: Mats Benner and Torben Bundgaard Vad: Sweden and Denmark: Defending the Welfare State
10: Mary Daly: A Fine Balance: Women's labor market particilation in international comparison
11: Bernhard Ebbinghaus: Any way out of exit from work? Reversing the entrenched pathways of early retirement?
12: Adrienne Heritier and Susanne K. Schmidt: After liberalization: Pubic-interest services and employment itilities
13: Steffen Gangholf: Adjusting national tax policy to economic internationalization: Strategies and outcomes
Series: Welfare and Work in the Open Economy : Book 2
Number Of Pages: 678
Published: 1st October 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.4
Weight (kg): 1.1