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Contemporary European History
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Social Policy in the Smaller European Union States
Edited by Gary B. Cohen, Ben W. Ansell, Robert Henry Cox and Jane Gingrich
300 pages, 29 figures & tables, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-0-85745-263-4 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (December 2011)
eISBN 978-0-85745-264-1 eBook
In Europe and around the world, social policies and welfare services have faced increasing pressure in recent years as a result of political, economic, and social changes. Just as Europe was a leader in the development of the welfare state and the supportive structures of corporatist politics from the 1920s onward, Europe in particular has experienced stresses from globalization and striking innovation in welfare policies. While debates in the United Kingdom, Germany, and France often attract wide international attention, smaller European countries—Belgium, Denmark, Austria, or Finland—are often overlooked. This volume seeks to correct this unfortunate oversight as these smaller countries serve as models for reform, undertaking experiments that only later gain the attention of stymied reformers in the larger countries.
Gary B. Cohen is Professor and Chair of History at the University of Minnesota. His publications include numerous journal articles and books, including The Politics of Ethnic Survival: Germans in Prague, 1861–1914 (1981; 2nd ed., revised, 2006) and Education and Middle-Class Society in Imperial Austria, 1848–1918 (1996).
Ben W. Ansell is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. He has also worked as an academic consultant to HM Treasury in the UK and for the Leitch Review of Skills, advising the UK government on long-term education policy. He is the author of From the Ballot to the Blackboard: The Redistributive Political Economy of Education (2010).
Robert Henry Cox is Professor in the School of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma (OU) and is coordinator for European Studies. He is co-editor of the journal Governance, and is the co-director of the European Union Center at OU.
Jane Gingrich is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. In 2008-09 she was also a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute. Her recent book, Making markets in the welfare state: The politics of varying market reforms (2011), looks at the politics of market reforms in public services in the Netherlands, Sweden, and the UK.
Subject: General History
List of Tables and Figures
Introduction: Social Policy in the Smaller EU States
Gary B. Cohen, Ben W. Ansell, Robert Henry Cox, and Jane Gingrich
SECTION I: THE SOCIAL INVESTMENT AGENDA: FROM IDEAS TO POLICY?
Chapter 1. How Globalization and the European Union are Changing European Welfare States
Robert Henry Cox
Chaper 2. Family Policies, Education, and Female Labor Market Participation in Advanced Capitalist Democracies
Robin Stryker, Scott R. Eliason, Eric Tranby, and William Hamilton
Chapter 3. Double Transformation: How to Adjust to Institutional Social Policy?
Chapter 4. The Social Investment State: A New Trend in Social Expenditure or Merely a Popular Political Discourse?
SECTION II: INTEREST COALITIONS, IDEAS, AND SOCIAL REFORM
Chapter 5. Multiple Market Prespcriptions: The Diverse Models of Health Care Reform in Sweden
Chapter 6. Austrian Social Policy Reform in the Era of Integration and Rising Populism
Chapter 7. Of Firms and Flexibility : The Dynamics of Collective Bargainning Reform in Spain and Portugal
SECTION III: DIVERGING INSTITUTIONAL LEGACIES, IDEAS, AND SOCIAL REFORM
Chapter 8. Social Policy Change "Under the Radar Screen": Health Care Reforms in Seven Small Countries
Kieke G. H. Okma, Luca Crivelli, Toni Ashton, Iva Bolgani, Tsung-Me Cheng, David Chinitz, Meng-Kin Lim, Hans Maarse, Rachel Meislin, and Tim Tenbensel
Chapter 9. Humboldt Humbled? The Germanic University System in Comparative Perspective
Ben W. Ansell
Chapter 10. Beyond the Welfare State: Consumer Protection and Risk Perceptions in the European Union and Austria
Conclusion: Ideas and Social Reform
Robert Henry Cox
Notes on Contributors
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