Myths, Narratives and Welfare States

The Impact of Stories on Welfare State Development

Bent Greve, Professor of Welfare State Analysis, Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University, Denmark

This unique book explores the question of whether different myths and narratives have an impact on the development of welfare states. After discussing the various definitions of ‘myths’ and ‘narratives’, Bent Greve disentangles their relationship with the welfare state, referring also to debates on welfare chauvinism, deservingness and retrenchment.

‘Bent Greve investigates the stories we tell ourselves about the welfare state and its workings. This book is not only a quick and authoritative reality check on these stories, it is also a path-breaking study of how such popular narratives influence social policy across Europe.’
– James Wickham, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

2020 144 pp Hardback 978 1 83910 791 7 £65.00 £58.50 $99.00 $89.10

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