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Myths, Narratives and Welfare States

The Impact of Stories on Welfare State Development

Bent Greve

This unique book explores the question of whether different myths and narratives have an impact on the development of welfare states. After discussing the various definitions of ‘myths’ and ‘narratives’, Bent Greve disentangles their relationship with the welfare state, referring also to debates on welfare chauvinism, deservingness and retrenchment.
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Edited by Marie Boost, Jennifer Dagg, Jane Gray and Markus Promberger

Poverty remains a problem in Europe, raising the need for new solutions. In this thought-provoking book the contributors delve deeply into the everyday lives of poor households to see which practices and resources they apply to improve their situations. One of the book’s key findings is that social resilience requires a functioning welfare state operating at an increased level. In addition to sufficient welfare transfers, there is a need for low-commodified common goods to be made available not only for the registered poor but all low-income households.
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Bent Greve

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Hans Keman and Jaap J. Woldendorp

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Transportation and the State

Governing the Public Domain

Hans Keman and Jaap J. Woldendorp

This book analyses the role of the national state, as organiser of its territory and governor of its infrastructure, since it emerged in the 19th Century. It presents a cross-time analysis of eight emerging democratic states during the transport revolution, focussing on railway systems. The book explores how the intervention state regulated society in Europe and Australia since the Industrial Revolution. The authors conclude that these state capacities are still governing the public domain, also at the level of the EU.
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Mikkel Mailand

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Corporatism since the Great Recession

Challenges to Tripartite Relations in Denmark, the Netherlands and Austria

Mikkel Mailand

In the comparative study of Denmark, the Netherlands and Austria, Mikkel Mailand explores the roles of social partners in regulating work and welfare through corporatist arrangements. This insightful book illustrates how the frequency of tripartite agreements has either been stable or has increased since the Great Recession of 2008, in spite of challenges from trade unions’ loss of power and political developments. It will be an invaluable read for academics and students in industrial relations, political economy and other social science disciplines addressing the formulation of work and welfare related policies.
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Mikkel Mailand

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Edited by Tijs Laenen, Bart Meuleman and Wim van Oorschot

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Edited by Tijs Laenen, Bart Meuleman and Wim van Oorschot