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The Transformation of Welfare States?

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ISBN: 9780203099490 9780415142502 9780415142519 9781134765706 9781134765690 9781134765652 Year: DOI: 10.4324/9780203099490 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Political Science
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This accessible work provides a ‘political sociology’ of welfare states in industrial societies, with both historical and contemporary perspectives. Ellison focuses on the social and political underpinnings of a number of welfare regimes and looks at the transformations they have undergone and the challenges they face. This book assesses current debates about the role of ‘globalization’ in welfare state change, paying particular attention to contemporary views about the capacity of embedded institutional structures to limit the effects of global economic pressures. Ellison assesses the changing nature of social policies in nine OECD countries – selected to include ‘liberal, ‘social democratic’ and ‘continental’ welfare regimes. Taking labour market and pension policies as the main areas of investigation, this volume provides ‘snapshots’ of welfare reform in each case, charting the ways in which different regimes ‘manage’ the range of challenges with which they are confronted. Ultimately, the book suggests that all contemporary welfare regimes are experiencing a level of ‘neoliberal drift’. As yet, this trend towards liberalization remains constrained in those countries with more ‘coordinated’ economies and institutionalized forms of social partnership – but the question is for how long? This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of International Politics, Sociology and Social Policy.

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regime --- continental --- regimes --- labour --- market --- policies --- flexibility --- occupational --- schemes --- social

Gender and Lifelong Learning

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ISBN: 9780203969533 9780415374842 9780415374859 9781134188628 9781134188611 9781134188574 Year: DOI: 10.4324/9780203969533 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Education --- Gender Studies
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This insightful book is ideal for students, researchers and policy makers wanting a sound overview of the critical issues of gender in lifelong learning. Asking pertinent questions relating to discourses on policy, the authors offer the reader a rare view of lifelong learning from a gender-focused perspective, filling a gap in the literature and moving current debate on into new areas. Questions addressed include: To what extent can the policy discourses and institutional contexts of lifelong learning be seen as masculinised and/or feminised? What are the gender implications of lifelong learning policy? In what ways are learners’ identities constructed through lifelong learning? Does lifelong learning provide opportunities to challenge or transgress gender binaries? What are the implications for practice?

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policies --- widening --- participation --- kurdish --- women --- louise --- archer --- policy --- working --- class

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