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 nation" presents comparative stories within the interaction among cultural elements and welfare guidelines. 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 relevant and japanese Europe. complete and fascinating, this quantity examines not just the relationships among cultural switch and welfare restructuring, taking empirical proof from coverage reforms in modern Europe, but additionally the preferred legitimacy of welfare, focusing really at the underlying values, ideals and attitudes of individuals in ecu international locations.

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Ourished during a period of English history in which ideology was unusually significant’ (1978: 195). Acknowledging the common social reform elements identified by the British Liberal and Labour Parties in the early 1900s, he makes the important point that ‘an ideology is judged not only by its originality but by the construction it puts on the facts and ideas it is confronted with. : 196). This issue of the differential processing of common ideas and also the crossfertilization of intellectual streams of political and social thought is a thread running throughout this chapter.

2004), Islam and Social Policy, Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press. Hornsby-Smith, Michael (1999), ‘The Catholic Church and social policy in Europe’, in Prue Chamberlayne, Andrew Cooper, Richard Freeman and Michael Rustin (eds), Welfare and Culture in Europe: Towards a New Paradigm in Social Policy, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, pp. 172–89. Kersbergen, Kees van (1995), Social Capitalism: A Study of Christian Democracy and the Welfare State, London: Routledge. Kroeber, Hasil and Clyde Kluckhohn (1963), Culture: a Critical Review of Concepts and Definitions, New York: Random House.

Hence, there has been no family policy reform in Switzerland. g. Pierson, 2001). However, the impact of a specific cultural change not only depends on the relative strength of such mechanisms, but also on other cultural elements in the welfare arrangement. Using the concept of ‘activation culture’ as an example, Bjørn Hvinden demonstrates that the welfare values of policy elites are by no means stable over time, and their impact on actual reform may depend on the degree to which they deviate from the values of other social actors.

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