Reforming the Welfare State

  • Herbert Giersch
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. The Present Malaise

  3. The Welfare State at a Crossroad: Fundamental Choices

  4. Reform Issues of Specific Welfare Systems

  5. Reform Issues in Specific Areas of the Welfare State

  6. Explaining Private Giving

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 311-311
    2. Oded Stark, Ita Falk
      Pages 313-326
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 327-331

About these proceedings


This book is the sequel to Fighting Europe's Unemployment in the 1990s, the collection of papers presented at the Salzburg Symposium of the Egon-Sohmen-Foundation in 1994. Though the problem of un­ employment was urgent already then, it has not found a practical solution in the meantime, and even intellectually it remains somewhat of a mystery. A clue is offered by the contrast with the United States: they have the working poor; we, on the old continent, have the welfare recipients. This brings the relationship between unemployment and the welfare state to the fore. On closer inspection, however, the matter appears to be much more complicated than the transatlantic contrast suggests. Consider only that the welfare state and what is called "social policy" have a long tradition in Europe. They obviously did not pre­ vent or noticeably hamper the decline in unemployment in the 1950s and the emergence of full employment in the 1960s. This leaves room for various conjectures. Does the welfare state matter only after a long time lag or after it has grown too fast or too much beyond a critical size? Is it the welfare state per se that is harmful to employment or do its harmful effects arise only under certain conditions, e. g.


Arbeitslosenunterstützung Geschichte und Theorie des Wohlfahrtsstaates Health Care Systems History and Theory of the Welfare State Reform of Old Age Pensions Rentenreform Unemployment Compensation social insurance social security unemployment welfare welfare state

Editors and affiliations

  • Herbert Giersch
    • 1
  1. 1.Kiel Institute of World EconomicsKielGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-64431-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-60497-3
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