About this book
This edited collection uses democratic forums to study what people want from the welfare state in five European countries. The forum method yields new insights into how people frame social issues, their priorities and acceptable solutions. This is the first time democratic forums have been used as a research tool in this field.
The contributors’ research show that most people recognize growing inequality, population ageing, paying for health care and pensions, social care and immigration as areas where the welfare state faces real challenges. The most striking findings are the high level of support across all countries for social investment, and the way justifications for this vary between welfare state regimes. The authors also explore key areas such as immigration and intergenerational differences.
Attitudes, Aspirations and Welfare will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines including politics, social policy and sociology, as well as policy-makers.
Editors and affiliations
- Book Title Attitudes, Aspirations and Welfare
- Book Subtitle Social Policy Directions in Uncertain Times
- DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-75783-4
- Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
- Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
- eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
- Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-75782-7
- Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-09327-3
- eBook ISBN 978-3-319-75783-4
- Edition Number 1
- Number of Pages XIX, 317
- Number of Illustrations 14 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
Comparative Social Policy
Politics of the Welfare State
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“This volume offers convincing arguments for the importance of consensus. In a context of declining solidarity and rising populism, and with past social achievements under threat, this is a timely and necessary message. Policy-makers, employers’ organizations, trade unions and academics, would benefit from reading the feasible and plausible recommendations and insights of this book.” (Hedva Sarfati, International Social Security Review, Vol. 72 (2), 2019)