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Comparing Welfare States

Second Edition
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Social Policy (General)

May 2001 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Praise for the First Edition:

`A clear and concise introduction to comparative social policy. It provides students with a framework in which to analyze the British welfare regime and to compare it with those developed and developing elsewhere' - Hilary Graham, Professor of Applied Social Studies, University of Warwick

This extensively revised Second Edition, provides a critical introduction to British and comparative social policy. Drawing on the comparative analysis of welfare regimes, the book show how the welfare systems of individual countries can only be understood thorugh exploring the wider global context. The chapters highlight the richness, complexity and dynamics of welfare regimes in different countries, while ar the same time considering shared features and trends.

Comparing Welfare States provides a unique way into analysis of the British welfare state through its wider international focus. In this extensively revised second edition, the British case is related to the experiences of the United States of America, Sweden, Germany and Ireland, and set in the context of policy issues within the European Union. Througout the authors problematize traditional notions of welfare, emphasizing variations in levels and forms of provision and in the ways in which different social groups experience welfare. Particular attention is paid to the interactions between family policies and issues of race and gender, and to the processes by which indivduals or groups are given or denied access to full welfare citizenship.

This book is an invaluable text for students of British and comparative social and public policy, and to all of those interested in the study of European welfare states.

Comparing Welfare States is a course book for the Open University course, Family Life and Social Policy (D311).

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Praise of the First Edition

`A clear and concise introduction to comparative social policy. It provides students with a framework in which to analyse the British welfare regime and to compare it with those developed and developing elsewhere' - Hilary Graham, Professor of Applied Social Studies, University of Warwick

`This book is well written and presented. It develops current issues in social policy from an historical perspective in a lively and absorbing way. I would recommend it for students taking undergraduate courses, whether conventional courses, or for parts of distance-learning texts' - Social Sciences in Health


This is a comprehensive read yet it is accessible to a range of learners from Level 4 to post graduate level. It is useful for students who are exploring the British Welfare State. This book provides information about the British Welfare State through comparisons with other European welfare systems as well as the American system.
This book has been added to the recommended reading list for students across the health and social care sectors.

Mrs ann gabrielle solomon
care professions, Barnfield College, Luton
April 1, 2015

It is a comprehensive read yet it is accessible to a range of learners from Level 4 to post graduate level. It is useful for students who are exploring the British Welfare State. This book provides information about the British Welfare State through comparisons with other European welfare systems as well as the American system.
This book has been added to the recommended reading list for students across the health and social care sectors.

Mrs ann gabrielle solomon
care professions, Barnfield College, Luton
April 1, 2015

A bit heavy going for students studying policy as part of a professional course, but good none the less.

Mr Peter Mounsey
Higher Education, Burnley College
September 23, 2014

I really like this book and have recommended it to students. As it has an international focus, which is only part of the module content, it is more appropriate to use it as recommended reading at this stage.

However, we are in the process of revising our undergraduate programme, so I would like to see this included as an essential text.

Dr Teresa Harms
Education , Newman College
November 13, 2009

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