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Restructuring Welfare Organizations in Europe

From Democracy to Good Management?


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Paola Mattei
      Pages 1-9
  3. Welfare and Administration: The New Settlement, 1980–2007

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Paola Mattei
      Pages 34-58
  4. State Schools and Public Hospitals in Europe

  5. Welfare Democracy and Managerialism

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 176-219

About this book


Providing a new comparative analysis of the changes which have radically questioned the 'old' organizational arrangements of the delivery of welfare services since the early 1980s, this book argues that new managerial accountability regimes severely undermine the democratic foundations of the welfare state in Europe.


Comparative analysis democracy Europe organization organizations service

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES)University of MannheimGermany

About the authors

PAOLA MATTEI is Research Fellow at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), University of Mannheim, Germany. She won the T.H.Marshall Fellowship at the London School of Economics for her research project on comparative welfare reforms in Europe, completed at the Transformations of the State Research Centre, Bremen, Germany and the Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. She has published on comparative politics and public policy, including work on social administration and welfare state change.

Bibliographic information


"Mattei presents an engaging and wide-ranging book...the book's 'message' is and will be highly salient to European welfare systems.' - Journal of Social Policy

"This book adds a new dimension to the study of the welfare state by examining, cross-nationally, the impact of change on the governance of hospitals and schools. Paola Mattei's challenging and provocative exploration of the clash between the new managerialism and democratic accountability is argued with sophistication and solid scholarship."

- Rudolf Klein, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy, Bath University, and Visiting Professor London School of Economics, UK