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The Future of the Welfare State

Social Policy Attitudes and Social Capital in Europe

The Future of the Welfare State by Heikki Ervasti
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At a time when welfare states in Europe are coming under increasing pressure from both growing demand, and in some countries, severe financial austerity measures, the attitudes of ordinary people and European social cohesion are much debated. Using data from the European Social Survey, this empirical analysis examines these attitudes and draws conclusions for the future. Theoretically the book is linked to analyses of altering social risks, policy challenges, policy changes and policy performance of the European welfare states. The analyses in the book explore a variety of individual and macro-level determinants of welfare policy attitudes ranging from socio-economic factors to religiosity, but a special emphasis is laid on solidarity, social cohesion and social capital among European nations. This multi-disciplinary study will appeal to academics, researchers, graduate and postgraduate students in sociology, social policy, social administration and European studies.
Edward Elgar Publishing; May 2012
286 pages; ISBN 9781781001271
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Title: The Future of the Welfare State
Author: Heikki Ervasti; Jorgen Goul Andersen; Torben Fridberg