© 1999

Society, Work and Welfare in Europe

  • Authors


  • Recognised importance in contemporary political and social debate of relationship between work and welfare

    Use of selected countries as case examples to illustrate a rich area of analysis and discussion


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Christine Cousins
      Pages 1-10
  3. Post-War Developments and National Variations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
  4. Changing Patterns of Work and Employment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Christine Cousins
      Pages 72-96
    3. Christine Cousins
      Pages 97-113
  5. Issues of Social Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Christine Cousins
      Pages 117-140
    3. Christine Cousins
      Pages 141-166
    4. Christine Cousins
      Pages 167-169
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 170-210

About this book


This book examines pressures for convergence and divergence in contemporary societies focusing on the rapidly changing relationship betwen work and welfare. The countries selected for in-depth comparative analysis are Germany, Spain, Sweden and the UK, each representative of different labour market and welfare regimes.

Beginning with an overview of those departmenst in the post-second world war period which shed light on the different social and institutional structures, economic directions and policy orientations of the countries concerned, the book goes on to explore changing patterns of work and employment in particular in relation to labour market reforms, new forms of production and women's participation in paid work. In its last section, it looks at current issues of social policy in Europe, including gender and poverty.

Integrating material from sociological perspectives on work and employment with comparative welfare analysis, feminist critiques and recent debates on social exclusion, the book will be of particular relevance and usefulness to students of European Studies, Sociology and Social Policy.


gender labor market poverty social policy women

About the authors

CHRISTINE COUSINS is Principal Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences, University of Hertfordshire. She is the author of Controlling Social Welfare: A Sociology of State Welfare, Work and Organisations.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Society, Work and Welfare in Europe
  • Authors Christine Cousins
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1999
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-72994-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-72995-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-27016-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 224
  • 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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