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Work and Welfare in Europe

The Dynamics of Welfare Markets

Private Pensions and Domestic/Care Services in Europe

Editors: Ledoux, Clémence, Shire, Karen, van Hooren, Franca (Eds.)

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  • Compares cases of old and new social risks in the market-based organization of welfare
    Introduces a focus on discursive dimensions of welfare market developments, and on labour market conditions in market-based welfare services 
    Draws directly on the new sociology of markets and goes beyond previous volumes in combining market regulatory analysis with the more established forms of welfare policy analysis

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About this book

This volume represents the beginning of a 'cross pollination' of different social scientific disciplines, bridging the boundaries between national and disciplinary epistemic communities in the worlds of European welfare markets. It maps the common ground and uncovers new research directions for the future study of actors, policies and institutions shaping the growth and dynamics of European welfare markets.

 

The book defines welfare markets as politically shaped, regulated and state supported markets that provide social goods and services through the competitive activities of non-state actors. The chapters focus on what happens after states have initiated welfare markets, with equal weight given to the analysis of the agency of state actors and non-state actors in the contraction, stabilisation, and disruption of welfare markets. By focusing the analysis on two cases of welfare markets, private pensions and home-based domestic/care work, the contributions explore and compare the dynamics of different types of markets.

The research will be of use to sociologists and scholars of social policy interested in the social dimension of welfare markets, political scientists and political economists, as well as diverse epistemic communities across the social sciences.

About the authors

Clémence Ledoux is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Nantes, France, and former Fellow of the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Germany.

Karen Shire is Chair of Comparative Sociology at University Duisburg-Essen, Germany.

Franca van Hooren is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, and former Fellow of the Netherlands Insitute for Advanced Studies.



Reviews

“This excellent volume explores the emergence of “markets” in pension and care sectors in Europe. The government does not only directly provide services and benefits but also provides incentives and regulations to shape private welfare markets. The volume reveals the intricate politics that take place. This has been an under-studied area in Europe, and this volume fills in that important gap. A must read for anyone interested in the on-going transformation of European welfare states.” (Margarita Estévez-Abe, Co-Director, Center for European Studies, Syracuse University, USA)

"This is an important, innovative, intelligent book about how welfare markets are made and remade in the EU. Integrating insights from sociological theories of markets and marketization, the book’s analytical framework emphasizes the actions of non-state actors – consumers, employers, firms and workers – in welfare market dynamics. This framework, together with the book’s methodologically diverse and empirically rich case studies, offers a strong foundation and clear agenda for future research on welfare marketization, wherever it happens." (Gabrielle Meagher, Macquarie University, Australia)

 


Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • Introduction: From the Emergence to the Dynamics of Welfare Markets

    Pages 3-48

    Ledoux, Clémence (et al.)

  • Changing States, Changing Citizens, Changing Politics?

    Pages 49-75

    Gingrich, Jane

  • The European Union and Multi-Level Contention over Welfare Marketization

    Pages 77-100

    Crespy, Amandine

  • Welfare Markets and Home-Based Domestic/Care Services: Market Dynamics and Mechanisms in Two Different Institutional Contexts—Spain and Sweden

    Pages 103-129

    Hellgren, Zenia (et al.)

  • The Failure of a Welfare Market: State-Subsidized Private Pensions Between Economic Developments and Media Discourses

    Pages 131-159

    Nullmeier, Frank

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Hardcover $139.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Dynamics of Welfare Markets
Book Subtitle
Private Pensions and Domestic/Care Services in Europe
Editors
  • Clémence Ledoux
  • Karen Shire
  • Franca van Hooren
Series Title
Work and Welfare in Europe
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-56623-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-56623-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-56622-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 429
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 18 illustrations in colour
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