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 ebook asks why a few international locations dedicate 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 end result of calls for for welfare spending via robust age-based teams in society, the 'age' of welfare is an accidental outcome of ways that social courses are arrange. the way in which that politicians use welfare country 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 guidelines don't evolve to capture up. the outcome, in occupational welfare states like Italy, the us, and Japan, is social spending that favors the aged and leaves working-aged adults and youngsters principally to fend for themselves.

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