Family and the Welfare State in Europe

Intergenerational Relations in Ageing Societies

Agnes Blome, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) and Berlin Graduate School of Social Studies, Germany, Wolfgang Keck, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), Germany and Jens Alber, formerly Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) and Free University of Berlin, Germany

This insightful book explores the role of both the family and the state in shaping the living conditions of the young and old in Europe. It provides a comparative theoretical and empirical analysis of age-related policies and welfare arrangements in Germany, France, Italy and Sweden.

‘The book offers a genuine and innovative research direction that explores the “black box” of intergenerational relations and in particular how institutions mediate families ability to offer financial resources as well as provide care services to their members.’
– Antonis Roumpakis, Journal of Social Policy

‘. . . the book is an impressive effort, from which both students and academics will benefit, as this reader indeed has.’
– Svein Olav Daatland, Ageing and Society

‘Most European countries are experiencing a dramatic demographic shift. A combination of falling birthrates and rising life expectancy leads to a significant aging of societies. The authors analyze how the state and the family shape generational living conditions in Germany, France, Italy and Sweden and how age-specific attitudes toward welfare policy are affected. One finding is that there is little evidence of conflict between the generations. The book is a very important contribution to a better understanding of the character of new challenges for European welfare states.’
– Stein Kuhnle, The University of Bergen, Norway and the Hertie School of Governance, Germany

2009 352 pp Hardback 978 1 84844 479 9 £144.00 £108.00 $144.00 $160.00

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