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The Politics of Social Solidarity

The Politics of Social Solidarity
Class Bases of the European Welfare State, 1875–1975

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  • Date Published: May 1992
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521428934

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  • This book examines the social bases of the European welfare state, and the interests developed in or against social policy by various classes of society, during the period 1875-1975 in Britain, France, Germany, Denmark, and Sweden. By analyzing the competing concerns of different social "actors" that lie behind the evolution of social policy, it explains why some nations had an easy time in developing a generous and solidaristic welfare state while others fought long and entrenched battles. In particular, the book examines the period after the Second World War and looks in detail at the state developed by the bourgeoisie in welfare policies. By casting its net across five nations and a whole century, the book attempts to establish a broad logic of interest behind the welfare state based on a very extensive range of archival material.

    Reviews & endorsements

    "This is an important contribution to the study of comparative social welfare and to current debate among historians and political and social scientists." Business History Review

    "This is a very important book, one that is certain to become a cornerstone in the welfare state literature." Gösta Esping-Andersen, American Journal of Sociology

    "...definitely one of the most invigorating and sharp analyses that has been produced over the last 10 years on the theory of the evolution of the modern welfare state." Journal of Public Policy

    "This book is a 'must read' for all scholars in the field of social policy and will be of interest to many other political sociologists. It could be used in graduate courses in political sociology and social policy; in courses on comparative and historical methods, it would make an instructive contrast with the work of social scientists on the welfare state." Ann Shola Orloff, Contemporary Sociology

    "Baldwin offers a meticulous analysis of the development of old-age pension policies in Sweden, Denmark, England, France, and Germany over an entire century. His mastery of the literature--including archival sources and parliamentary debates--for five different countries is extraordinary." Fred Block, Dissent

    "This dazzling book demonstrates how contagious diseases affected politics and public policy in Europe." Foreign Affairs

    "The 100-year period covered by Peter Baldwin in this book was perhaps the most exciting in the recorded history of humankind's interaction with the infectious pathogens with which we share our global ecosystem....Baldwin discusses...fascinating social and cultural factors in great detail in this richly referenced scholarly monograph. Baldwin's fellow historians, and political scientist, will find this book stimulating and provocative. Professinal medical historians will also welcome it." John M. Last, Comptes Rendus

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 1992
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521428934
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 151 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The origins of the solidaristic welfare state: Scandinavia
    2. The triumph of the solidaristic welfare state: Britain and Scandinavia
    3. The failure of the solidaristic welfare state: France and Germany
    4. From Beveridge back to Bismarck: the superannuation issue
    5. Solidarity by the back door

  • Author

    Peter Baldwin

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