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Politics, Regulation and the Modern Welfare State


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Jacob Torfing
      Pages 1-12
  3. From the Problems of Marxism to the Primacy of Politics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 14-14
    2. Jacob Torfing
      Pages 46-62
    3. Jacob Torfing
      Pages 63-75
  4. A Hegemony Approach to Capitalist Regulation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 78-78
    2. Jacob Torfing
      Pages 79-95
    3. Jacob Torfing
      Pages 96-140
    4. Jacob Torfing
      Pages 141-160
  5. The Modern Welfare State

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 162-162
    2. Jacob Torfing
      Pages 185-226
    3. Jacob Torfing
      Pages 227-255
    4. Jacob Torfing
      Pages 256-258
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 259-300

About this book


This book presents an alternative theoretical approach to the study of the transformation of the modern welfare state. It draws upon the undogmatic Marxism of Gramsci in order to deconstruct the Marxist tradition and develop a general theory of capitalist regulation which emphasizes the primacy of the political. In so doing, it seeks to integrate French regulation theory and British state theory within the broader framework of discourse analysis. This theoretical framework is applied in an empirical analysis of the Danish variant of the Scandinavian welfare state model. The book is written for advanced undergraduates, postgraduates and professionals within the field of political theory, institutional economics and sociology.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Roskilde UniversityDenmark

About the authors

Jacob Torfing is Assistant Professor at Roskilde University in Denmark.

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'An incisive account of the Danish welfare regime adds rich empirical detail to this important theoretical re-interpretation of the Keynesian welfare model.' - Bob Jessop, Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University

'...will be required reading for all those interested in interdisciplinary approaches to the modern welfare state.' - Klaus Nielsen, Professor of Economics, Roskilde University