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The Welfare State: A Very Short Introduction

David Garland

March 2016

ISBN: 9780199672660

176 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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This Very Short Introduction discusses the necessity of welfare states in modern capitalist societies. Situating social policy in an historical, sociological, and comparative perspective, David Garland brings a new understanding to familiar debates, policies, and institutions.

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This Very Short Introduction discusses the necessity of welfare states in modern capitalist societies. Situating social policy in an historical, sociological, and comparative perspective, David Garland brings a new understanding to familiar debates, policies, and institutions.

  • Offers a succinct account of the social and political issues surrounding the welfare state
  • Provides a new basis for thinking about a familiar set of institutions
  • Discusses the welfare state as a whole, setting it in its historical and sociological context
  • Places US and UK institutions against the comparative backdrop of European and Nordic welfare regimes
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

David Garland, Arthur T. Vanderbilt Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology

David Garland is the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology at New York University and Professorial Fellow at Edinburgh University. He is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and taught there from 1979 to 1997 before moving to the USA. A Fellow of the British Academy and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Garland is the author of a series of award-winning books on punishment and criminal justice, including Punishment and Welfare (1985), The Culture of Control (OUP 2001) and Peculiar Institution: America's Death Penalty in and Age of Abolition (OUP 2010). His recent work on the welfare state has appeared in the European Journal of Sociology.

Table of Contents

    1:What is the Welfare State?
    2: Before the Welfare State
    3:Birth of the Welfare State
    4: The Welfare State 1.0
    5:Varieties
    6:Problems
    7:Neoliberalism and WS 2.0
    8:Post-Industrial transitions: toward WS 3.0
    9:The indispensable Welfare State
    References
    Further Reading
    Index

Reviews

"Garland's brief but magisterial and penetrating analysis of the welfare state should, and doubtless will be, a major presence in criminology, as well as in social science and public debate ... written with the sophisticated skill, scholarship and style ... this wise, informative and inspiring book will help immensely in working for a positive future for us all." - The British Journal of Criminology

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