Variations of the Welfare State: Great Britain, Sweden, France and Germany Between Capitalism and Socialism (German Social Policy) (by Franz-Xaver Kaufmann)


Author(s): Franz-Xaver Kaufmann

Publisher: Springer
Publish date: 2012-11-15
ISBN-10: 3642225489
ISBN-13: 9783642225482
Language: English
Description: In the burgeoning literature on welfare regimes and typologies,
this comparative study offers a stimulating new perspective.
Kaufmann, the doyen of the sociology of social policy in Germany,
emphasizes norms, culture and history, in contrast to political
economy approaches. Comparing Britain, Sweden, France and Germany,
Kaufmann highlights the „idiosyncrasy” of each welfare state:
countries are compared with regard to their state traditions and
the relationship between state and civil society; their national
“social questions”; their economic systems, including the unions
and labour law; social security and redistribution; and their… more…

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