This wide-ranging comparative analysis of contemporary and future changes in welfare states looks at the different trajectories of the welfare states of Europe, North America, the Antipodes, and the emerging scenarios in Latin America, East Asia and Central and Eastern Europe. Leading experts on each of these regions examine the current structures of social protection, consider the causes of the current welfare state crisis and highlight evolving trends for welfare policy. Different welfare states are shown to manifest different forms of crisis. Among the symptoms of crisis, Welfare States in Transition suggests that the effect of popluation ageing is exaggerated, and an at least equally fundamental challenge lies in
Part 1: Decline or Renewal in the Advanced Welfare States?
- Chapter 2: The Scandinavian Welfare States: Achievements, Crisis, and Prospects
- Chapter 3: Welfare States without Work: The Impasse of Labour Shedding and Familialism in Continental European Social Policy
- Chapter 4: Needs-Based Strategies of Social Protection in Australia and New Zealand
- Chapter 5: When Markets Fail: Social Welfare in Canada and the United States
Part 2: Emerging New Welfare States?
- Chapter 6: Options for Social Policy in Latin America: Neoliberal Versus Social Democratic Models
- Chapter 7: The East Asian Welfare States: Peripatetic Learning, Adaptive Change, and Nation-Building
- Chapter 8: Social Protection in Central and Eastern Europe: A Tale of Slipping Anchors and Torn Safety Nets
- Chapter 9: Positive-Sum Solutions in a World of Trade-Offs?