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Beyond Welfare State Models

Transnational Historical Perspectives on Social Policy Edited by Pauli Kettunen, Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland and Klaus Petersen, Centre for Welfare State Research, University of Southern Denmark
Welfare state models have for decades been the gold standard of welfare state research. Beyond Welfare State Models escapes the straitjacket of conventional welfare state models and challenges the existing literature in two ways. Firstly the contributors argue that the standard typologies have omitted important aspects of welfare state development. Secondly, the work develops and underlines the importance of a more fluid transnational conceptualisation. As this book shows, welfare states are not created in national isolation but are heavily influenced by transnational economic, political and cultural interdependencies. The authors illustrate these important points of criticism with their studies on the transnational history of social policy, religion and the welfare state, Nordic cooperation within the fields of social policy and marriage law, and the transnational contexts of national family policies.
Extent: 264 pp
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Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 978 1 84844 569 7
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  • Social Policy and Sociology
  • Comparative Social Policy
  • Welfare States
Welfare state models have for decades been the gold standard of welfare state research. Beyond Welfare State Models escapes the straitjacket of conventional welfare state models and challenges the existing literature in two ways. Firstly the contributors argue that the standard typologies have omitted important aspects of welfare state development. Secondly, the work develops and underlines the importance of a more fluid transnational conceptualisation. As this book shows, welfare states are not created in national isolation but are heavily influenced by transnational economic, political and cultural interdependencies. The authors illustrate these important points of criticism with their studies on the transnational history of social policy, religion and the welfare state, Nordic cooperation within the fields of social policy and marriage law, and the transnational contexts of national family policies. This fascinating work contributes to the understanding of the current changes of welfare states by discussing the relationship between globalized capitalism and social political regulations and by arguing that transnational transformations importantly take place within and between nation states.

With its challenging and questioning approach, this cross-disciplinary book will appeal to social policy and welfare state researchers, academics and policy makers.
Contributors: C. Conrad, P. Kettunen, S. Kuhnle, C. Lloyd, P. Markkola, K. Melby, S. Michel, J.H. Petersen, K. Petersen, A.-B. Ravn, B. Rosenbeck, C.C. Wetterberg, K. van Kersbergen
Contents:

Preface

1. Introduction: Rethinking Welfare State Models
Pauli Kettunen and Klaus Petersen

2. The Transnational Construction of National Challenges: The Ambiguous Nordic Model of Welfare and Competitiveness
Pauli Kettunen

3. National, Nordic and Trans-Nordic: Transnational Perspectives on the History of the Nordic Welfare States
Klaus Petersen

4. International Modelling in the Making of the Nordic Social Security Systems
Stein Kuhnle

5. From Charity to Social Justice: Religion and the European Welfare State Traditions
Kees van Kersbergen

6. The Lutheran Nordic Welfare States
Pirjo Markkola

7. Moving Targets: Towards a Framework for Studying Family Policies and Welfare States
Sonya Michel

8. What is Nordic in the Nordic Gender Model?
Kari Melby, Anna-Birte Ravn, Bente Rosenbeck and Christina Carlsson Wetterberg

9. Marketization and Free Choice in the Provision of Social Services. Normative Shifts 1982–2008. Social Democratic Lip Service as a Response to Problems of Legitimacy
Jørn Henrik Petersen

10. The History and Future of Social Democratic Welfare Capitalism: From Modernization to the Spectres of Ultramodernity
Christopher Lloyd

11. Social Policy History after the Transnational Turn
Christoph Conrad

Index