Culture And Welfare State: Values and Social Policy in by Wim Van Oorschot, Michael Opielka, Birgit Pfau-Effinger

By Wim Van Oorschot, Michael Opielka, Birgit Pfau-Effinger

"Culture and Welfare country" offers comparative experiences within the interaction among cultural elements and welfare regulations. beginning with an research of the historic and cultural foundations of Western-European welfare states, mirrored within the competing ideologies of liberalism, conservatism and socialism, the booklet is going directly to evaluate the Western-European welfare version to these in North-America, Asia and principal and japanese Europe. finished and fascinating, this quantity examines not just the relationships among cultural swap and welfare restructuring, taking empirical proof from coverage reforms in modern Europe, but in addition the preferred legitimacy of welfare, focusing quite at the underlying values, ideals and attitudes of individuals in eu international locations.

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Society consists of relations of exchange between proprietors. Political society becomes a calculated device for the protection of this property and for the maintenance of an orderly relation of exchange. : 271–7). The combination of a democratic political system and a capitalist economic system that emerged out of the struggle for civil and political citizenship rights created the conditions for the democratic class struggle which, to varying degrees cross-nationally, was a strong influence on the development of the welfare state.

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16 Culture and welfare state is misleading, as the socialist state did not create substantial changes in the welfare orientations of citizens. Instead, the roots of the welfare-cultural orientation of the citizens of the post-socialist states lie much deeper in history, having started to develop long before World War II, as in the Western-European welfare states. Using comparative public-opinion data she shows that in the recent decade in Central and East-European countries the orientation towards social protection is in line with the orientations of people in Western Europe.

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