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In Care of the State: Health Care, Education and Welfare in Europe and the USA in the Modern Era (Europe and the International Order)

ISBN-13: 978-0195207033
ISBN-10: 0195207033
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"De Swan writes clearly, persuasively, and to the point. The argument is presented in a novel fashion...on the whole it captures the subtleties and nuances of state formation and collectivization in an elegant and useful manner....In Care of the State is an important bookthat has much to say to economists, political scientists, and policy-makers concerned with practical reforms of prevailing approaches to difficult social problems."--American Political Science Review

"De Swaan has skillfully, and with the insight of comparative research materials, woven a lucid and compelling analysis of the welfare state....Scholars of comparative social policies will benefit from the imaginative discussion fo the similarity of national adaptations to the intensification of human interdependencies. Interest specialists in welfare, education or public health will find in the chapters of this book a valuable discussion of some of the central dilemmas that have confronted modern western societies."--International Journal of Comparative Sociology

"In this book, de Swaan has skillfully, and with the insight of comparative research materials, woven a lucid and compelling analysis of the welfare state. .. Scholars of comparative social policies will benefit from the imaginative discussion of the siilarity of national adaptations to the intensification of human interdependencies. Interest specialists in welfare, education or public health will find in the chapters of this book a valuable discussion of some of the central dilemmas that have confronted modern western societies."--International Journal of Comparative Sociology

"This is emphaticallynot a book hammering away at a single, repetitive thesis from start to finish. On the contrary, there are...as many thematic variants on the generalization of interdependancy as there are 'critical episodes' to review....Every serious library should possess multiple copies of this book. Only by such means are sufficient numbers of serious students likely to profit from it."--Government and Opposition

"A remarkable and important book, ambitious in its scope and achievement. It is remarkable for being simultaneously an important contribution both to sociological theory and to that central concern of social administration, the development of social policy and the welfare state."--Social Policy and Administration

"Engaging and provocative."--History of Education Quarterly

"Any reader desiring an overview of the origins of national policies for education, health care, and welfare should read In Care of the State....Students of the state and its provisions for health, education, and welfare will find this comparative analysis both cogent and insightful...De Swaan demonstrates a master of history and feel for the variation in national policy making that is impressive."--Contemporary Sociology

"Represents solid scholarship and will appeal to a wide range of interests."--Social Science Quarterly

"Abounds in lively interpretations....De Swann is imaginative and stimulating...It will attract a combination of debate...and admiration."--Charles Tilly, Center for Studies of Social Change, New School for Social Research

About the Author

Abram de Swaan is at University of Amsterdam.
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Product Details

  • Series: Europe and the International Order
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (November 3, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195207033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195207033
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,868,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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