A Long Goodbye to Bismarck?

The Politics of Welfare Reform in Continental Europe

Edited by Bruno Palier

Edited by Bruno Palier

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

455 pages | 6 3/10 x 9 1/2 | © 2010
Paper $38.50 ISBN: 9789089642349 Published July 2010 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

A Long Goodbye to Bismarck? is the first study to provide an exhaustive comparative account of all welfare reforms in continental Europe during the past three decades, covering Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, and Switzerland.

Contents
Acknowledgements
Prologue: What Does it Mean to Break with Bismarck? by Gøsta Esping-Andersen


1   Ordering change: Understanding the ‘Bismarckian’ Welfare Reform Trajectory
by Bruno Palier

2   A Social Insurance State Withers Away. Welfare State Reforms in Germany—Or: Attempts to Turn Around in a Cul-de-Sac
by Karl Hinrichs

3   The Dualizations of the French Welfare System
by Bruno Palier

4   Janus-Faced Developments in a Prototypical Bismarckian Welfare State: Welfare   Reforms in Austria since the 1970s
by Herbert Obinger and Emmerich Tálos


5   Continental Welfare at a Crossroads: The Choice between Activation and Minimum Income Protection in Belgium and the Netherlands
by Anton Hemerijck and Ive Marx


6   Italy: An Uncompleted Departure from Bismarck by Matteo Jessoula and Tiziana Alti


7   Defrosting the Spanish Welfare State: The Weight of Conservative Components
by Ana Guillén


8   Reform Opportunities in a Bismarckian Latecomer: Restructuring the Swiss Welfare State
by Silja Häusermann


9   The Politics of Social Security Reforms in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia
by Alfio Cerami


10   Reforming Bismarckian Corporatism: The Changing Role of Social Partnership in Continental Europe
by Bernhard Ebbinghaus


11   Trajectories of Fiscal Adjustment in Bismarckian Welfare Systems
by Philip Manow


12   Whatever Happened to the Bismarckian Welfare State? From Labor Shedding to Employment-Friendly Reforms
by Anton Hemerijck and Werner Eichhorst


13   The Long Conservative Corporatist Road to Welfare Reforms
by Bruno Palier

Notes
Bibliography
About the Contributors
Index

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