Democracy and the welfare state : the two Wests in the age of austerity

2018, Book , xii, 403 pages :
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Summary/Review: After World War II, states on both sides of the Atlantic enacted comprehensive social benefits to protect working people and constrain capitalism. A w more...
Summary/Review: After World War II, states on both sides of the Atlantic enacted comprehensive social benefits to protect working people and constrain capitalism. A widely shared consensus specifically linked social welfare to democratic citizenship, upholding greater equality as the glue that held nations together. Though the "two Wests," Europe and the United States, differ in crucial respects, they share a common history of social rights, democratic participation, and welfare capitalism. But in a new age of global inequality, welfare-state retrenchment, and economic austerity, can capitalism and democracy still coexist?In this book, leading historians and social scientists rethink the history of social democracy and the welfare state in the United States and Europe in light of the global transformations of the economic order. Separately and together, they ask how changes in the distribution of wealth reshape the meaning of citizenship in a post-welfare-state era. They explore how the harsh effects of austerity and inequality influence democratic participation. In individual essays as well as interviews with Ira Katznelson and Frances Fox Piven, contributors from both sides of the Atlantic explore the fortunes of the welfare state. They discuss distinct national and international settings, speaking to both local particularities and transnational and transatlantic exchanges.
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    Fairview
    Book Due: 2/6/2018 On loan 330.126 DEM
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    Reference Hum & Soc Sci 2nd Fl Reference Open Shelf In Library 330.126 DEM