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- DescriptionIn the burgeoning literature on welfare regimes and typologies, this comparative study offers a stimulating new perspective. Kaufmann, the doyen of the sociology of social policy in Germany, emphasizes rms, culture and history, in contrast to political ecomy approaches. Comparing Britain, Sweden, France and Germany, Kaufmann highlights the idiosyncrasy of each welfare state: countries are compared with regard to their state traditions and the relationship between state and civil society; their national social questions ; their ecomic systems, including the unions and labour law; social security and redistribution; and their personal social services and education. The socio-cultural approach enables Kaufmann to show that t all modern states are welfare states. Some are just capitalism (the USA), others are socialism (the former Soviet Union). In this light, the (essentially North-West European) welfare state is portrayed as a third way between capitalism and socialism.
- Author BiographyFranz-Xaver Kaufmann is Professor emeritus for Social Policy and Sociology at the University of Bielefeld, Germany. He studied law, economics and sociology in Zurich, St. Gall and Paris. He is the doyen of the sociology of social policy in Germany and has been awarded honorary doctorates and prizes, including the Preller Prize for Social Policy and the Schader Prize for Applied Social Science. Lutz Leisering, the Editor, is Professor for Social Policy and Director at the Institute for World Society studies, University of Bielefeld. He took his Ph.D. at the London School of Economics. He has published widely on European and global social policy.
- Author(s)Franz-Xaver Kaufmann
- PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
- Date of Publication13/12/2014
- LanguageEnglish & German
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Series TitleGerman Social Policy
- Series Part/Volume Number5
- Place of PublicationBerlin
- Country of PublicationGermany
- ImprintSpringer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K
- Content Note1 black & white tables, biography
- Weight403 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine14 mm
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