By Thomas Olk (auth.), Mimi Ajzenstadt, John Gal (eds.)
Recent a long time have visible a transforming into sophistication within the examine of welfare states and social coverage ordinarily. This higher intensity has occur due to extra complicated theorization; richer case examine research; and the inclusion of extra resources of provision corresponding to not-for-profit, market-based, casual and relations welfare. The fields of research open to social scientists during this area have additionally increased to incorporate concerns corresponding to globalization, gender, immigration and kids, whereas benchmarking and function tracking inside of international locations have afforded large amounts of recent facts that let for far extra special cross-national comparative analysis.
There is severe curiosity within the social health and wellbeing and the felony and fiscal prestige of households, girls and kids within the welfare country, and this quantity bargains with the problems from a distinct ‘welfare regime’ point of view. Casting apart the commonly held assumption that nationwide welfare regimes have universal features, this publication makes the case that the Mediterranean states proportion a special set of commonalities. In doing so, it deals a detailed comparative research of regulations in the direction of youngsters, households and gender in those nations—Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey and Israel. starting with an outline of those nations’ welfare states and a dialogue of the problems of kids, households and gender more often than not phrases, the amount then presents readers at either undergraduate and graduate point with targeted country-by-country comparative reports of those matters, authored by way of prime specialists from the international locations themselves.
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