Contents:Social security in the new millennium ~ Jochen Clasen; Part I: Debates: Rising tides and rusty boats: economic position of the poor I 1985-1995 ~ Olli Kangas; Popular support for social security. A sociological perspective ~ Wim van Oorschot; Non-discriminating social policy? Policy scenarios for meeting needs without categorisation ~ Helen Bolderson and Deborah Mabbet; Equality, employment and state social policies: a gendered perspective ~ Ann Shola Orloff; Europeanisation and decentralisation of welfare 'safety nets' ~ Luis Moreno; Part II: Reforms: A: Reforms in theoretical perspective: Beyond entrenchment: four problems in current welfare state research and one suggestion how to overcome them ~ Bruno Palier; Change without challenge? Welfare states, social construction of challenge and dynamics of path dependency ~ Jorgen Goul Andersen; B: Reforming pension systems: Public expenditure and population ageing: why families of nations are different ~ Francis G. Castles; Ageing and public pension reforms in Western Europe and North America: patterns and politics ~ Karl Hinrichs; The redistributional impact of a world bank 'pension regime' ~ Einer Overbye; C: Activation reforms: Activating welfare states. How social policies can provide employment ~ Jon Kvist; Welfare to work and the organisation of opportunity: European and American approaches form a British perspective ~ Martin Evans; Activating the unemployed: the street-level implementation of UK policy ~ Sharon Wright.
Jochen Clasen is Professor of Comparative Social Research at the Department of Applied Social Sciences, University of Stirling.
"This collection contains important reflections on emerging themes in social security. Anyone concerned with how welfare provision is being shaped for the future would be well advised to invest in this book." Katherine Rake, ESRC SAGE Research Group, London School of Economics