Expanding Welfare in an Age of Austerity

Increasing Protection in an Unprotected World

Anthony Kevins

Expanding Welfare in an Age of Austerity

Anthony Kevins

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

285 pages | 30 line drawings | 6 x 9
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9789462980211 Published July 2017 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
In recent decades, the rapid expansion of lower-quality, atypical employment has created a growing group of people excluded not only from generous labor market protections, but from welfare state coverage as well. This situation would seem to call for increased spending on the social safety net, yet governments throughout continental Europe, especially since the financial crisis, have instead been turning to austerity. As a result, they have had to choose between either extending coverage and retrenching the good benefits given to "insiders" or maintaining the protection, coverage, and benefits of the relatively well-off at the expense of a growing class of excluded "outsiders." This book asks why different nations have taken different approaches in addressing—or not addressing—this problem.
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