Age in the Welfare State: The Origins of Social Spending on Pensioners, Workers, and Children (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics)

Age in the Welfare State: The Origins of Social Spending on Pensioners, Workers, and Children (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics)

Julia Lynch


This booklet asks why a few international locations commit the lion's proportion in their social coverage assets to the aged, whereas others have a extra balanced repertoire of social spending. faraway from being the result of calls for for welfare spending via robust age-based teams in society, the 'age' of welfare is an unintentional final result of how that social courses are manage. the best way that politicians use welfare kingdom spending to compete for votes, alongside both programmatic or particularistic strains, locks those early institutional offerings into position. So whereas society is altering - getting older, divorcing, relocating out and in of the exertions strength over the lifestyles direction in new methods - social regulations don't evolve to seize up. the outcome, in occupational welfare states like Italy, the USA, and Japan, is social spending that favors the aged and leaves working-aged adults and kids principally to fend for themselves.

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