The Italian Welfare State in a European Perspective

A Comparative Analysis

Edited by Ugo Ascoli and Emmanuele Pavolini

The Italian Welfare State in a European Perspective

Edited by Ugo Ascoli and Emmanuele Pavolini

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

272 pages | 52 tables, 26 figures | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Cloth $116.00 ISBN: 9781447316886 Published July 2015 For sale in North and South America only
In the Trente Glorieuses era of economic prosperity that followed World War II, Italy grew into one of Europe’s—and, indeed, the world’s—largest economies. While the more tumultuous decades since have resulted in the rise of the Italian welfare state, Italy remains a globally important economic player and important social policy indicator, but as of yet it has received little academic research attention. This is the first English-language book to explore the evolution of the Italian welfare state, with a particular emphasis on how it has changed since the 2008 economic crisis. Drawing on a variety of social policies—including pension, schooling, higher education, healthcare, and taxation policies—this collection both offers a broad overview of the Italian situation, featuring detailed analysis of the connections between particular policies and their outcomes, and a comparative approach that frames the Italian case within a larger European context.
Contents
Part 1: Pension policy in Italy
Employment policy change in Italy
Social assistance in Italy in a comparative perspective
Social care in Italy in a comparative perspective
Health care policy change in Italy
School policies
Higher education policies
Taxation policies and the welfare state
Part 2: Social inequalities between “new” and “old”
Social risks and missing policy responses
Italy: A two welfare regimes welfare state?
The economic crisis, the austerity plans and the welfare state: what has been the impact on social inequalities?
Conclusions
Review Quotes
Ana Guillén, University of Oviedo, Spain
“A thorough analysis of the trajectory of the Italian welfare state and its comparative situation, and a salient contribution to the current debate on the future prospects of social protection within the whole EU and the Eurozone.”
Caroline de la Porte, Roskilde University, Denmark
“Written by the best Italian scholars in the field, this outstanding and analytically rigorous book examines the multi-level dynamics of change in Italy's welfare state during the last decades.”
Social Policy & Administration
“This volume is a comprehensive, innovative, and recommended read for all scholars interested in understanding the backgrounds of the Italian welfare state and its specificity in an international perspective.”
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