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The state of welfare : comparative studies of the welfare state at the end of the long boom, 1965--1980

Author: Erik Eklund; Melanie Oppenheimer; Joanne Scott
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom ; New York : Peter Lang, [2018] ©2018
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The period after 1945 saw a rapid growth in social welfare, with the state taking on increasing responsibility for pensions, health care, unemployment relief and income support. In Western democracies economic growth underpinned state investment and was reinforced by demands from the new social movements of the 1960s. Just as the clamour for reformism reached a crescendo in the late 1960s, the global economy began  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Erik Eklund; Melanie Oppenheimer; Joanne Scott
ISBN: 9781787071032 1787071030
OCLC Number: 1023539258
Description: viii, 232 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The Welfare State at the End of the Long Boom, 1965-1980: Themes and Issues / Erik Eklund, Melanie Oppenheimer and Joanne Scott --
2. UK Pensions: The Making and Breaking of a Welfare Consensus / Hugh Pemberton) --
3. Soup kitchens disguised as factories'? Employment Policy and the Irrelevance of Neoliberalism in Northern Ireland / Stuart C. Aveyard --
4. Some sort of super welfare state'? The ;Rediscovery' of Poverty and Irish Welfare State Change in the 1970s / Fiona Dukelow --
5. A 'program of such potential': The Australian Assistance Plan / Joanne Scott, Melanie Oppenheimer and Erik Eklund --
6. Money in itself does not equate with welfare': Ideas around the Welfare State in 1970s New Zealand and Their Consequences / Linda Bryder --
7. Social Policy in Canada, 1965-1980: Why First Reform and then Neoliberalism Were Constrained / Alvin Finkel --
8. Like a Solid Rock? Forces of Continuity and Silent Mutations within the Federal Republic of Germany's Welfare State Development / Nicole Kramer --
9. Sweden: What Crisis? Welfare State Expansion during the Oil Crisis / Stephan Köppe --
10. The Welfare State at the End of the Long Boom: Summary, Synthesis and Further Thoughts on the British Model / Pat Thane.
Responsibility: edited by Erik Eklund, Melanie Oppenheimer and Joanne Scott.

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The period after 1945 saw a rapid growth in social welfare, with the state taking on increasing responsibility for pensions, health care, unemployment relief and income support. In Western democracies economic growth underpinned state investment and was reinforced by demands from the new social movements of the 1960s. Just as the clamour for reformism reached a crescendo in the late 1960s, the global economy began to falter, culminating in the oil crisis of 1973-1974. This volume explores the factors that shaped the trajectories of welfare state change over this crucial period. A close analysis of countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom reveals signs of a broader shift towards the decline of government spending and the first tentative moves towards a nascent neoliberalism. Other countries, such as Sweden and West Germany, remained comparatively untouched by the economic crisis and even sought to reinforce their welfare state in response to it. Ireland and Northern Ireland also showed little evidence of these changes, isolated as they were by complex political and religious factors. This book brings together a range of case studies at both country and provincial level in order to build up a more complex and nuanced picture of the welfare state in the 1960s and 1970s. --

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