Risk Inequality and Welfare States : Social Policy Preferences, Development, and Dynamics, Paperback / softback Book

Risk Inequality and Welfare States : Social Policy Preferences, Development, and Dynamics Paperback / softback

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The transformation of night-watchman states into welfare states is one of the most notable societal developments in recent history.

In 1880, not a single country had a nationally compulsory social policy program.

A few decades later, every single one of today's rich democracies had adopted programs covering all or almost all of the main risks people face: old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment.

These programs rapidly expanded in terms of range, reach, and resources.

Today, all rich democracies cover all main risks for a vast majority of citizens, with binding public or mandatory private programs.

Three aspects of this remarkable transformation are particularly fascinating: the trend (the transformation to insurance states happened in all rich democracies); differences across countries (the generosity of social policy varies greatly across countries); and the dynamics of the process.

This book offers a theory that not only explains this remarkable transition but also explains cross-national differences and the role of crises for social policy development.

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  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 246 pages, 35 Tables, black and white; 25 Line drawings, black and white
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: Welfare & benefit systems
  • ISBN: 9781107518872

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