The Fate of Social Modernity

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The Fate of Social Modernity

Western Europe and Organised Welfare Provision in Challenging Times

9781035331215 Edward Elgar Publishing
Ingo Bode, Professor of Social Policy, Organisation and Society, Faculty of Human Sciences, Institute of Social Work and Social Welfare, University of Kassel, Germany
Publication Date: May 2024 ISBN: 978 1 03533 121 5 Extent: c 456 pp
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This thoroughly original book provides a comprehensive overview of the development of welfare arrangements and their wider context in Western Europe. Using the concept of social modernity, Ingo Bode investigates current challenges to these arrangements and examines prospects for progressive welfare reform.

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This thoroughly original book provides a comprehensive overview of the development of welfare arrangements and their wider context in Western Europe. Using the concept of social modernity, Ingo Bode investigates current challenges to these arrangements and examines prospects for progressive welfare reform.

Adopting a sociological perspective, The Fate of Social Modernity dissects the complex layers of welfare agreements and assesses their potential for promoting socially balanced societies. Ingo Bode outlines how both public programmes and involved welfare organisations addressing children, disadvantaged workers, or elderly people may prompt yet also hamper processes of social development. He also explains how insights into social dynamics in European countries, such as Germany, Italy, Norway, and the UK, may contribute to a better understanding of problems and opportunities elsewhere in the world.

This foundational book is a crucial read for scholars in the fields of comparative social policy, sociological theory, and organization studies. It will also be of benefit to practitioners in public administration and non-profit sector studies seeking to better understand the chemistry of social development.
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‘This highly ambitious monograph is a must read. Viewed through the prism of Europe’s reconfigured welfare arrangements, it explores Western European countries’ current standing in relation to the Enlightenment-inspired vision of social modernity. Bode’s penetrating analysis of the forces (re)shaping contemporary welfare systems raises important questions about the future of welfare and, by extension, the future of the social modernist project itself.’
– Nick Ellison, University of York, UK
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Contents:
Preface viii
Introduction: the case for studying the fate of organised welfare provision in Europe 1
PART I SOCIAL MODERNITY – A CONCEPTUAL APPROACH
1 What is social modernity?
2 Narrowing the focus: democratic capitalism and welfare state theory
3 What is shaping (social) modernity – and how can we study it?
PART II SOCIAL CHANGE ON THE BACKSTAGE: WESTERN
EUROPE IN FLUX
4 Towards a post-industrial configuration of democratic capitalism
5 Social stratification and the evolving status system in post-industrial times
6 Transformations in politics and civil society
PART III EVOLVING DEVICES: REGULATORY FRAMEWORKS
AND DIRECTIONS OF INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE IN
EUROPEAN WELFARE STATES
7 Growing up: welfare for the youngest and empowering childhoods
8 The life stage of gainful employment: decent work and work-related
self-determination
9 Safe later life: social security for retirement and support for frail elderly citizens
10 Six lessons to learn: progress and setbacks, achievements and divisions
PART IV THE ‘MAKERS’ OF WELFARE: ORGANISATIONAL
DYNAMICS ACROSS WELFARE SECTORS IN WESTERN EUROPE
11 Evolving organisational landscapes of welfare provision throughout the
human life course
12 Empowerment against all odds? Collective agency in child protection organisations
13 Making work decent (again)? The organisation of active inclusion efforts
14 Offering independence to dependent people? The provision of personal care
in later life
15 Six lessons to learn: contributions and limitations of 21st century ‘makers’
of welfare
PART V DIAGNOSTIC REALISM AND POSSIBLE FUTURES:
A SYNOPTIC VIEW ON THE FATE OF SOCIAL MODERNITY
16 Social modernity alive, in demand and feasible
17 Social modernity in trouble: arrangements dismantled, disorganised and
dissociated
18 Options for the future
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