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What Future for Social Security?

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Jochen ClasenUniversity of Sterling, Scotland

ISBN13: 9789041116710
ISBN: 9041116710
Published: July 2001
Publisher: Kluwer Law International
Format: Hardback
Price: £88.00



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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 subjected in most developed countries. In this book, 15 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.;The papers were originally presented at a Conference on ""The Future of Social Security"" held at the University of Stirling in June 2000. 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 questions as: is there indeed waning public support for social security?; is the ""demographic time bomb"" of an ageing population as serious a problem 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?;Specific criteria for entitlement (such as 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 - this book should prove to be of value to all professionals and officials concerned with social programmes at any government level.

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Contents:
List of Figures. List of Tables. Notes on the Contributors.
1. Social Security in the New Millennium; J. Clasen. Part I. Debates.
2. Rising Tides and Rusty Boats: Economic Position of the Poor in 1985-1995; O. Kangas.
3. Popular Support for Social Security. A Sociological Perspective; W. van Oorschot.
4. Non-Discriminating Social Policy? Policy Scenarios for Meeting Needs without Categorisation; H. Bolderson, D. Mabbett.
5. Equality, Employment, and State Social Policies: A Gendered Perspective; A. Shola Orloff.
6. Europeanisation and Decentralisation of Welfare 'Safety Nets'; L. Moreno. Part II. Reforms. A. Reforms in Theoretical Perspective.
7. Beyond Retrenchment: Four Problems in Current Welfare State Research and One Suggestion How to Overcome Them; B. Palier.
8. Change without Challenge? Welfare States, Social Construction of Challenge and Dynamics of Path Dependency; J. Goul Andersen. B. Reforming Pension Systems.
9. Public Expenditure and Population Ageing: Why Families of Nations are Different; F.G. Castles.
10. Ageing and Public Pension Reforms in Western Europe and North America: Patterns and Politics; K. Hinrichs.
11. The Redistributional Impact of a World Bank 'Pension Regime'; E. Overbye. C. Activation Reforms.
12. Activating Welfare States. How Social Policies Can Promote Employment; J. Kvist.
13. Welfare to Work and the Organisation of Opportunity: European and American Approaches from a British Perspective; M. Evans.
14. Activating the Unemployed: The Street-Level Implementation of UK Policy; S. Wright. Bibliography.