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Radical Welfare State Retrenchment

A Comparative Analysis


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Puzzles, Preliminaries and Prior Vulnerabilities

  3. New Zealand: An Extreme Case

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Peter Starke
      Pages 67-93
    3. Peter Starke
      Pages 94-131
  4. Retrenchment in Comparative Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Peter Starke
      Pages 185-204
  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 215-266

About this book


This book confronts one of the most fiercely contested issues in current political debates: how is welfare state retrenchment possible in modern democracies despite the welfare state's continuing popular appeal? Starke offers an international comparative analysis of welfare state retrenchment and an in-depth examination of its radical deployments.


politics restructuring state

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of BremenGermany

About the authors

PETER STARKE is a Senior Researcher at the Transformations of the State Collaborative Research Centre, University of Bremen, Germany. He has published on comparative welfare state change, including work on social policy convergence and the politics of welfare state retrenchment.

Bibliographic information


'This is a book which uses qualitative and comparative methods to illuminate current social policy ends up contributing importantly to our understanding of the factors underpinning the social policy consensus of our times.' - Francis G. Castles, Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University

'As somebody who has been working in social policy for many years, I found this well-written book gave me many new insights. It provides an excellent outsider's view of the strengths, weaknesses and development of the New Zealand social security system.' - Robert Stephens, Social Policy Journal of New Zealand

'This book has much to offer...[it] deserves a prominant place on the bookshelf with studies on retrenchment' - Journal of European Social Policy