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Liberalism and the welfare state : economists and arguments for the welfare state

Author: Roger Backhouse; Bradley W Bateman; Tamotsu Nishizawa; Dieter Plehwe
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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" The welfare state has, over the past forty years, come under increasing attack from liberals who consider comprehensive welfare provision inimical to liberalism. Yet, many of the architects of the post-World War II welfare states were liberals, many of whom were economists as much as socialists. Liberalism and the Welfare State investigates the thinking of liberal economists about welfare, focusing on Britain,
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roger Backhouse; Bradley W Bateman; Tamotsu Nishizawa; Dieter Plehwe
ISBN: 9780190676681 019067668X
OCLC Number: 984149069
Description: vi, 250 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Part I. Varieties of Liberalism and the Early Welfare State: United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan: 1. Liberalism and the welfare state in Britain, 1880-1945 / Roger E. Backhouse, Bradley W. Bateman, and Tamotsu Nishizawa ; 2. Liberal economists and the British welfare state: From Beveridge to the new right / George Peden ; 3. Ordoliberalism, the social-market economy, and Keynesianism: Germany after 1945-1974 / Harald Hagemann ; 4. From new liberalism to neoliberalism: Japanese economists and the welfare state before the 1980s / Tamotsu Nishizawa and Yukihiro Ikeda --
Part II. Neoliberalism and the Changing Understanding of the Welfare State: 5. Between business and academia in postwar Britain: three advocates of neoliberalism at the heart of the British business community / Neil Rollings ; 6. Neoliberalism, new labour, and the welfare state / Matt Beech ; 7. The initiative for a new social-market economy and the transformation of the German welfare regime after unification / Daniel Kinderman ; 8. Neoliberalism and market-disciplining policy in the Koizumi Reform in Japan / Juro Teranishi --
Part III. Varieties of Neoliberalism: International Dimensions: 9. National versus supranational collective goods. the evolution of neoliberal federalism / Fabio Masini ; 10. Neoliberal think tanks and the crisis / Dieter Plehwe --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: edited by Roger E. Backhouse, Bradley W. Bateman, Tamotsu Nishizawa, Dieter Plehwe.

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