Pittsburgh, Pa: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004
This study looks at the relationship between the communities arising from mass migration and the most critical collection of institutions in postwar Europe, the welfare state. Concentrating on Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium the study addresses:
International Review of Administrative Sciences, vol.70, 2004, p.649-664
Latin American countries are plagued by high levels of poverty, unemployment and crime, combined with unequal access to education and health care. Article goes on to examine a series of myths and prejudices which are obstacles to the implementation of a sound social policy aimed at tackling these problems. Myths exploded include arguments that :
Current Sociology, vol.53, 2005, p.57-73
Article suggests that neoliberal states such as the UK, the USA and Australia employ anti-welfare rhetoric partly to disguise their reliance upon forms of governance which incorporate major elements of what has become known as the welfare state. Contrary to their claims that welfare provision must be dismantled for the health of the nation, neoliberals have in fact pursued a strategy of reshaping but not abolishing welfare regimes. Article explores the contribution of welfare provision to the continued health of a capitalist economy, the maintenance of social cohesion and social control.
L.S. Henriksen and P. Bundesen
Journal of Social Policy, vol.33, 2004, p.605-625
Article traces the history of voluntary human service organisations in Denmark over 150 years. Four different phases of voluntary-state relationships are identified:
D. Béland and A. Lecours
Canadian Public Policy, vol.30, 2004, p.319-331
Article explores the possible impact of nationalist movements on welfare state development. It aims to show that sub-state nationalism and social policy are linked in three different ways:
Article illustrates the relationship between sub-state nationalism and social policy through a comparison of the Belgian (Flanders) and Canadian (Quebec) cases.
Journal of European Public Policy, vol.12, 2005, p.1-22
Contemporary welfare states use different mixes of income, payroll and indirect taxes to fund expenditures. Paper investigates how the mix affects the labour market. Finds that overall impact of income tax is considerably lower than that of social security contributions and indirect taxes. Taxation also has a stronger impact on low-wage services than on internationally exposed sectors such as manufacturing. The final hypothesis tested, that globalisation has increased the adverse effects of taxation on employment, could not be substantiated.
R.E. Goodin, A. Parpo and O. Kangas
Journal of Social Policy, vol.33, 2004, p.531-552
Demonstrates how the Finnish female-friendly welfare state reduces time spent by working parents on caring for their children, so that they have more "free time" for themselves. This is achieved through high personal taxation, transfers and childcare subsidies.
Acta Sociologica, vol.47, 2004, p.325-337
Nordic welfare states make available publicly provided services for pre-school children and the elderly that enable women to combine paid work, motherhood and "daughterhood". However publicly employed female home carers encounter a parallel reality which cannot be described as woman friendly. Their situation provides the impetus for a struggle for the recognition of caregiving work.