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Capitalism, Democracy, and Welfare (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics)by Torben Iversen
Synopses & Reviews
Based on the key idea that social protection in a modern economy, both inside and outside the state, can be understood as protection of specific investments in human capital, Torben Iversen offers a systematic explanation of popular preferences for redistributive spending, the economic role of political parties and electoral systems, and labor market stratification (including gender inequality). Contrary to the popular idea that competition in the global economy undermines international differences in the level of social protection, Iversen argues that these differences are actually made possible by a high international division of labor.
Offers a comprehensive political economy approach to the study of the welfare state and inequality.
About the Author
Torben Iversen is Professor of Government at Harvard University. He is the author of Contested Economic Institutions: The Politics of Macroeconomics and Wage Bargaining (Cambridge University Press, 1999), and co-editor of Unions, Employers and Central Bankers: Macroeconomic Coordination and Institutional Change in Social Market Economies (Cambridge University Press, 1999). He is also the author or co-author of articles in such journals as the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Public Choice, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and World Politics, as well as numerous edited volumes.
Table of Contents
Part I. Welfare Production Regimes: 1. A political economy approach to the welfare state; 2. A brief analytical history of modern welfare production regimes; Part II. Political Foundations of Social Policy: 3. Explaining individual social policy preferences; 4. Social protection and elections; Part III. Forces of Change: 5. Coping with risk: the expansion of social protection; 6. New tradeoffs, New policies: challenges of the service economy; Bibliography.
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