It is hard to exaggerate the theoretical contributions that The New Politics of the Welfare State makes. Numerous insights for future research agendas can be discerned in the volume ... an inspiring comparative book. Japanese Journal of Political Science There is no doubt that The New Politics of the Welfare State, edited by Paul Pierson, is on the top of the reading list for students of comparative politics and welfare states. The authors clearly demonstrate the impacts of post-industrialization, aging populations, and globalization on welfare reforms under various political settings and different policy legacies. They also successfully define pressing research agendas for further investigations. Japanese Journal of Political Science There is much in this collection to admire. The quality of the individual pieces is evident, and there are useful insights on issues like deindustrialisation, decommodification, and the adaptation of economic production to different institutional contexts ... a worthwhile acquisition for a library. Social Policy
About the Author
Paul Pierson is Professor of Political Science and holder of the Avice Saint Chair of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of "Politics in Time, Dismantling the Welfare State?", and (with Jacob S. Hacker), "American Amnesia: The Forgotten Roots of Our Prosperity"; "Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class"; "Off Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy". His commentary has appeared in "The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, "and "The New Republic. "He lives in Berkeley, California.