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Transformations of the welfare state : small states, big lessons

Author: Herbert Obinger
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
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Transformations of the Welfare State gives a new twist to the longstanding debate on the impact of economic globalization on the welfare state. The authors focus on several small, advanced OECD economies in order to assess whether (and how) the welfare state will be able to compete under conditions of an increasingly integrated world economy.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Herbert Obinger
ISBN: 9780199296323 0199296324
OCLC Number: 559785729
Description: xii, 320 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Austria: the 'Island of the Blessed' in the ocean of globalization --
Denmark: the survival of a social democratic welfare state --
New Zealand: retrenchment and reconstruction --
Switzerland: from liberal to conservative welfare state --
a pattern of late maturation? --
Comparative perspectives.
Responsibility: Herbert Obinger [and others].

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