Welfare State Transformations and Inequality in OECD Countries

  • Melike Wulfgramm
  • Tonia Bieber
  • Stephan Leibfried

Part of the Transformations of the State book series (TRST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Melike Wulfgramm, Tonia Bieber, Stephan Leibfried
    Pages 1-16
  3. Welfare State Transformations and Inequality: Concepts and Trends

  4. Policy Fields

  5. National versus Global Inequalities

  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 291-291
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 311-321

About this book


This book analyzes how recent welfare state transformations across advanced democracies have shaped social and economic disparities. The authors observe a trend from a compensatory paradigm towards supply oriented social policy, and investigate how this phenomenon is linked to distributional outcomes. How – and how much – have changes in core social policy fields alleviated or strengthened different dimensions of inequality? The authors argue that while the market has been the major cause of increasing net inequalities, the trend towards supply orientation in most social policy fields has further contributed to social inequality. The authors work from sociological and political science perspectives, examining all of the main branches of the welfare state, from health, education and tax policy, to labour market, pension and migration policy.


Social investment Redistribution Social policy Supply orientation Dualization Risk Solidarity Public transfers Globalization

Editors and affiliations

  • Melike Wulfgramm
    • 1
  • Tonia Bieber
    • 2
  • Stephan Leibfried
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of Southern DenmarkOdenseDenmark
  2. 2.Federal Ministry of Education and ResearchGermany
  3. 3.SOCIUMUniversity of BremenBremenGermany

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