What future for social security?

Debates and reforms in national and cross-national perspective

Edited by Jochen Clasen

What future for social security?

Edited by Jochen Clasen

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

304 pages
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781861344106 Published July 2002 For sale in North and South America only
It is widely assumed today that the 'welfare state' is contracting or retrenching as an effect of the close scrutiny to which entitlement to social security benefits is being subject in most developed countries. In this book, fifteen authorities from nine different countries - the UK, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Finland, Norway and the US - investigate to what extent this assumption is warranted.Taking into account developments and initiatives at every administrative level from sub-national employment agencies to the OECD and the World Bank, they draw on both data and theories in a broad spectrum of related disciplines, including political science, economics, sociology, and law. Detailed materials allow the reader to formulate well-defined responses to such crucial questions as:is there indeed waning public support for social security?;is the 'demographic time bomb' of an ageing population as serious as we are often led to believe?;how seriously do supranational reform proposals tend to underestimate cross-national differences?;to what degree is 'activation policy' merely rhetorical?;to what extent do employment office staff reformulate and redefine policies 'on the ground' to accommodate specific case-by-case realities?·[vbTab]Specific criteria for entitlement (eg disability) and such central issues as 'gendered' assumptions, access to benefit programmes, and the involvement of trade unions are examined in a variety of contexts. As an authoritative assessment of the current state of social security reform - its critical issues, its direction, and its potential impacts - What future for social security? is an incomparable work and is sure to be of great value to academics as well as professionals and officials concerned with social programmes at any government level.
Contents
Social security in the new millennium - Jochen Clasen

Part I: Debates
Rising tides and rusty boats: Economic position of the poor  1985-1995 - Olli Kangas
Popular support for social security: A sociological perspective - Wim van Oorschot
Non-discriminating social policy? Policy scenarios for meeting needs without categorisation - Helen Bolderson and Deborah Mabbet
Equality, employment and state social policies: a gendered perspective - Ann Shola Orloff
Europeanisation and decentralisation of welfare 'safety nets' - Luis Moreno

Part II: Reforms: A: Reforms in theoretical perspective: Beyond entrenchment: four problems in current welfare state research and one suggestion how to overcome them - Bruno Palier
Change without challenge? Welfare states, social construction of challenge and dynamics of path dependency - Jørgen Goul Andersen
Reforming pension systems: Public expenditure and population ageing: why families of nations are different - Francis G. Castles
Ageing and public pension reforms in Western Europe and North America: patterns and politics - Karl Hinrichs
The redistributional impact of a world bank 'pension regime' - Einer Overbye
Activation reforms: Activating welfare states. How social policies can provide employment  - Jon Kvist
Welfare to work and the organisation of opportunity: European and American approaches form a British perspective - Martin Evans
Activating the unemployed: the street-level implementation of UK policy - Sharon Wright
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