Expanding Welfare in an Age of Austerity
Expanding Welfare in an Age of Austerity
Increasing Protection in an Unprotected World
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1. Struggling with Persistent Gaps Studying the Welfare State Methodology Conclusion 2. A Tale of Two RMIs Contextualising the Cases Explaining Benefit Reform Politics and the RMIs Southern European Characteristics and Public Pressure Conclusion 3. Public Attitudes toward the Unemployed in Continental, Southern Europe, and Beyond Extending the Comparison Examining Public Opinion Conclusion 4. Southern European Characteristics in the Broader Context The Models Findings Conclusion 5. Bismarck, Beveridge, and Making the Transition Contextualising the Cases Beveridge versus Bismarck Explaining Healthcare Reform Italian Advancements Staying the Course in France Conclusion 6. Healthcare Reform and Public Opinion in Continental and Southern Europe Extending the Comparison Examining Public Opinion Conclusion 7. Examining Healthcare Coverage across the OECD The Models Findings Conclusion 8. Rectifying Coverage Gaps Bibliography Appendix: A Brief Methodological Note

Anthony Kevins

Expanding Welfare in an Age of Austerity

Increasing Protection in an Unprotected World

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In recent decades, and particularly since the financial crisis, continental Europe has seen an increasing gap between those workers who have well-protected, good-paying jobs with strong benefits and those who work lower-quality, nonstandard jobs, or who have no regular work at all. This situation would seem to call for increased spending on the social safety net, yet governments throughout the region have instead been turning to austerity. In the face of that reality, the options for helping disadvantaged workers are to extend coverage through re-allocating the benefits given to higher-level workers, maintain the benefits of the well-off as the number of outsiders continues to grow, or simply ignore the problem. This book asks why different nations have taken different tacks in handling-or not handling-this problem.

Anthony Kevins

Anthony Kevins is an Assistant Professor at Aarhus University, Denmark, affiliated with the UNIWEL research project. He received his Ph.D. from McGill University in 2014.