© 2001

Globalization and European Welfare States

Challenges and Change

  • Robert Sykes
  • Bruno Palier
  • Pauline M. Prior
  • Jo Campling
  • All major European national welfare systems are discussed and illustrated with current examples of welfare policy changes
    Provides new theoretical and empirical perspectives on the links between globalization and welfare state change
    Challenges recent assumptions about the impact of globalization on welfare states

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Challenges and Change: Issues and Perspectives in the Analysis of Globalization and the European Welfare States

  3. Globalization Challenges

  4. European Welfare State Changes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Ana M. Guillén, Santiago Álvarez
      Pages 103-126
    3. Pekka Kosonen
      Pages 153-172
    4. Norman Ginsburg
      Pages 173-191
  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 211-236

About this book


This book seeks to counter the recent trend of speculation about the impact of globalization upon welfare states. It begins by asking two related questions:
'What exactly is globalization?'
'How, if at all, has globalization been implicated in recent changes to European welfare states?'
The book combines both theoretical and empirical analysis to provide a critical account of the relationship between globalization and change in European welfare states.

Firstly the key theoretical and conceptual debates are reviewed and the existing perspectives on globalization and welfare policy change are assessed. The text moves on to explore and challenge the more apocalyptic economic perspectives on globalization and welfare that suggest permanent retrenchment. The discussion includes an outline and assessment of the role of international organisations such as the World Bank and the EU.

All the major types of European national welfare system are considered: Bismarkian, Southern, Central and Eastern European, Nordic and Liberal. Individual chapters outline recent welfare policy changes in the European countries of each system, and the role of globalization in such changes.

This ground-breaking text provides new empirical and theoretical perspectives on links between globalization and European welfare state change. It will be important reading for students and academics in the fields of social policy, politics, international relations, European studies and related fields.


European Union (EU) globalization Nation organization Policy social policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert Sykes
    • 1
  • Bruno Palier
    • 2
  • Pauline M. Prior
    • 3
  • Jo Campling
  1. 1.School of Social Science and LawSheffield Hallam UniversityUK
  2. 2.Centre d’Etudes de la vie Politique Française (CEVIPOF)Institut d’études politiques de ParisFrance
  3. 3.Queen’s UniversityBelfastUK

About the editors

ROBERT SYKES is Principal Lecturer in Social Policy at Sheffield Hallam University. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the British Social Policy Association and convenes its comparative social policy study group.

BRUNO PALIER is Chargé de Recherches at CNRS, in the Centre d'études de la vie politique française (CEVIPOF), Paris. He is a member of the Management Committee of Cost A15, 'reforming the welfare system in Europe'.

PAULINE PRIOR is Lecturer in Social Policy at The Queen's University of Belfast. She has a background in practice and management within social services in Northern Ireland and she is the author of Gender and Mental Health (Palgrave 1999).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Globalization and European Welfare States
  • Book Subtitle Challenges and Change
  • Editors Robert Sykes
    D. Bouget
    Pauline M. Prior
    Jo Campling

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2001
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-79018-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-79239-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-09783-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 256
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Social Policy
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