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'An awe-inspiringly wide-ranging collection of articles covering different aspects of the welfare state, different policy issues, and different analytical approaches. A must for anyone who is interested in a multidisciplinary approach to thinking about the welfare state.'- Nicholas Barr, London School of Economics, UK'Leibfried and Mau have done a stunningly good job finding just the right pieces on all the important topics. Any editors would do things slightly differently, of course, but overall this is a truly excellent set.'- Robert Goodin, Australian National University'Welfare States: Construction, Deconstruction, Reconstruction is the single most formidable compendium of welfare state writings that exists. The three volumes span all the main disciplines and the entire range of theoretical and empirical issues of relevance. It will, no doubt, become the point of reference for teaching and research alike. Leibfried and Mau must be congratulated for an Opus Magnum that is unrivalled in comprehensiveness and quality.'- Gosta Esping-Andersen, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
In this three-volume collection, Leibfried and Mau have gathered together the most vital articles about the welfare state and its 'reformation' written since the mid-1970s. Their choices and organising principles bring coherence and additional insight to these articles that, together, provide a comprehensive presentation of all the key empirical, conceptual and normative issues.Volume I, "Analytical Approaches", comprises a history of welfare state theory, with essays on modernisation, functionalism and the industrialisation thesis, neo-Marxist theories, the power resources approach, managing and sharing risks, and polity-centred and institutional approaches. Volume II, "Varieties and Transformations", begins with articles defining varieties of welfare states and then proceeds with essays on welfare state retrenchment and its roots - globalisation, post-industrialism, Europeanisation, and global social policy. Volume III, "Legitimation, Achievement and Integration" addresses the issues and challenges of the contemporary welfare state: its justification, economic results and entanglements, human public motivations and attitudes, multiculturalism, gender,the generational contract." Welfare States: Construction, Deconstruction, Reconstruction" unites the work of some four generations of the most pre-eminent scholars of the welfare state - in one cohesive, authoritative set of volumes.
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