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What has brought about the widespread public provision of welfare and income security within free-market liberalism? Some social scientists have regarded welfare as a preindustrial atavism; others, as a functional requirement of industrial society. Most recently, scholars have stressed the reformist actions of center-left parties during the decades following World War II, the workings of "new" post-industrial politics lately, and a multifaceted role of politics and state institutions overall. Alexander Hicks thoroughly revises these views, stressing the enduring significance of class organizations, however politically embedded, from the era of Bismark until the present.

Social Democracy and Welfare Capitalism describes and explains income security programs in affluent and democratic capitalist nations, from the proto-democratic innovators of the 1880s to the globally buffeted democracies of the 1990s. Hicks's account stresses the reformist role of employee political and economic organization and derivative institutions, in particular, social democratic parties, labor unions, and neo-corporatist arrangements. These forces, arrayed as the elements of a transnational and century-long social democratic movement, give direction and continuity to the emergence, development, and contestation of income security policies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction: Background and Synopsis
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. 1 - Explanatory Theory and Research Methods
  2. pp. 13-41
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  1. 2 - The Programmatic Emergence of the Social Security State
  2. pp. 42-75
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  1. 3 - The Ascendance of Social Democracy
  2. pp. 76-110
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  1. 4 - Midcentury Consolidation
  2. pp. 111-126
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  1. 5 - The Rise of Neocorporatism
  2. pp. 127-152
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  1. 6 - The Growth and Crisis of the Welfare State
  2. pp. 153-193
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  1. 7 - Course and Causes of the Crisis
  2. pp. 194-229
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  1. 8 - Employee Movement, Welfare Capitalism
  2. pp. 230-252
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  1. References
  2. pp. 253-268
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 268-277
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781501721762
Related ISBN
9780801435683
MARC Record
OCLC
1227051959
Pages
288
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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