Readership: Scholars and students of political science, the welfare state, social policy, and political economy.
Herbert Obinger, Professor of Comparative Public and Social Policy, University of Bremen, Peter Starke, Research Fellow, University of Bremen, Julia Moser, Project Manager "Human Resources Development", Rationalisierungs- und Innovationszentrum der Deutschen Wirtschaft e.V., RKW Kompetenzzentrum, Eschborn, Germany., Claudia Bogedan, Head of Department for Labour Market Policy, University of Bremen, Edith Gindulis, Research Fellow, University of Bremen, and Stephan Leibfried, Professor of Public and Social Policy, University of Bremen
"The word restriction of this review does not allow sufficient appreciation of the four country studies. All four are excellent. They are rich in detail, historically informed, well structured and give an excellend overview of teh reform trajectories in the four investigated policy sectors... In sum, the book offers significant lessons on transformation of teh welfare state in small states. It is extremely valuable for teaching, having the potential to become a bible in welfare state courses for the next decade. The book is of interest no only because of the detailed country studies it contains but also because it shows how political factors matter. It makes clear why political science is indispensable in comparative welfare state research." -
Christine Trampusch, University of Cologne
"The quality of this book leaves little scope for criticism. It should deal a heavy blow both to those who still believe in the "strong globalisation" thesis and to those who idealise the onward march of free markets." - Martin Rhodes, West European Politics
1: Austria: The 'Island of the Blessed' in the Ocean of Globalisation
2: Denmark: The Survival of a Social-democratic Welfare State
3: New Zealand: Retrenchment and Reconstruction
4: Switzerland: from Liberal to Conservative Welfare State - a Pattern of Late Maturation?
5: Comparative Perspectives
Visit the authors' Transformations of the State webpage on the University of Bremen website