The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism

The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism

1st edition

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Few discussions in modern social science have occupied as much attention as the changing nature of welfare states in western societies. Gosta Esping-Andersen, one of the most distinguished contributors to current debates on this issue, here provides a new analysis of the character and role of welfare states in the functioning of contemporary advanced western societies.

Esping-Andersen distinguishes several major types of welfare state, connecting these with variations in the historical development of different western countries. Current economic processes, the author argues, such as those moving towards a post-industrial order, are not shaped by autonomous market forces but by the nature of states and state differences.

Fully informed by comparative materials, this book will have great appeal to everyone working on issues of economic development and post-industrialism. Its audience will include students and academics in sociology, economics and politics.

Book information

ISBN: 9780745607962
Publisher: Polity Press
Imprint: Polity Press
Pub date:
Edition: 1st edition
Language: English
Number of pages: 260
Weight: 410g
Height: 229mm
Width: 153mm
Spine width: 15mm