The Irish Welfare State in the Twenty-First Century: Challenges and Change – eBook PDF
The Irish Welfare State in the Twenty-First Century, (PDF) provides a critical and theoretically-informed assessment of the nature and kinds of structural change occurring in the Irish welfare state in the context of the 2008 economic crisis. Its all-embracing framework for conceptualising and analysing welfare state change and its economic, political, and social implications is based around four crucial questions, namely what welfare is for, who pays for welfare, who delivers welfare, and who benefits. Over the course of ten chapters, the authors study the answers as they relate to social protection, labour market activation, finance, water, early childhood education and care, pensions, health, housing, and corporate welfare. They also innovatively address the effect of the crisis on the welfare state in Northern Ireland. The result is to isolate key drivers of structural welfare reform and evaluate how globalisation, financialisation, privatisation, neo-liberalisation, marketisation, and new public management have deepened and diversified their influence on the post-crisis Irish welfare state. This detailed analysis will appeal to sociologists, political scientists, economists, and welfare state practitioners interested in the Irish welfare state and more generally in the analysis of welfare state change.
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