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- DescriptionIn this interdisciplinary volume, leading and emerging scholars examine the relationship between homogeneity and welfare state development. They trace Gunnar Myrdal's influence on thinking about race in the US and explore current European states' approaches to the strangers in their midst, and what social citizenship looks like from a global perspective. Myrdal's An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy persuaded many scholars that the United States failed to develop a robust welfare state because of its ethnic and racial heterogeneity. Conversely, it argued that homogeneity was a precondition for the creation of strong welfare states in European, especially Nordic, countries. With increasing diversity w challenging these welfare states, the kind of 'dilemma' that Myrdal identified longer appears to be solely an American one. Students and scholars of contemporary welfare states in the social sciences and policy studies will find this to be an insightful read, as the book challenges current perceptions. It will also be of interest to policy makers and practitioners looking to examine the historical context behind the politics of welfare states in the US and Scandinavia.
- Author BiographyEdited by Pauli Kettunen, Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland, Sonya Michel, Department of History, University of Maryland, College Park, US and Klaus Petersen, Centre for Welfare State Research, University of Southern Denmark
- PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd
- Date of Publication30/06/2015
- SubjectSocial Issues, Services & Welfare
- Series TitleGlobalization and Welfare Series
- Place of PublicationCheltenham
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd
- Width234 mm
- Height156 mm
- Edited byKlaus Petersen,Pauli Kettunen,Sonya Michel
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