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Just Institutions Matter

Just Institutions Matter
The Moral and Political Logic of the Universal Welfare State

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Part of Theories of Institutional Design

  • Date Published: February 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521598934

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  • In this book Bo Rothstein seeks to defend the universal welfare state against a number of important criticisms that it has faced in recent years. Issues discussed include the relationship between welfare state and civil society, the privatization of social services, and changing values within society. He explains the great variation among contemporary welfare states in terms of differing moral and political logics that have been set in motion by the deliberate choices of political institutions. The book is an important contribution both to philosophical and political debates about the future of the welfare state.

    • Original defence of the welfare state, combining political philosophy and political science/public policy
    • Of interest across a range of disciplines (politics, sociology, economics, philosophy) because it talks about fundamental issues surrounding the welfare state
    • Could be of interest to policy-makers and practitioners, and used on some courses
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...Rothstein argues brilliantly and convincingly that what can be done in social welfare policy must be linked to what ought to be done.... Upper-division undergraduates and above." Choice

    "Bo Rothstein's new book is both a strong defense and an excellent empirical analysis of the universal welfare state....Overall, the book makes the best case for universal social policy I have seen, it is also an insightful analysis of the politics of universal welfare states... this is an excellent book and can be highly recommended to scholars of social welfare policy, Scandinavia, and comparative politics. It is appropriate for advanced courses in the areas of social theory, public policy, and European and comparative politics." Duane Swank, American Journal of Sociology

    "Bo Rothstein's, Just Institutions Matter, a significant contribution. This book is well worth a thorough read." Sven Steinmo, Governance

    "Just Institutions Matter should be a frequently cited work among those interested in comparative politics and policy and the general issue of policy evaluation. Rothstein is eloquent in his argument for universalistic principles to guide social welfare policy, and he is very creative and analytically agile in providing a language and framework for connecting values and policy. " American Political Science Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521598934
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 14 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Speculation and discipline
    2. The universal welfare state and the question of individual autonomy
    3. Is governance possible?
    4. What can the state do? An analytical model
    5. Just institutions matter
    6. The political and moral logic of the universal welfare state
    7. Putting history in order
    8. The autonomous citizen and the future of the universal welfare policy
    9. Toward a constructive theory of public policy

  • Author

    Bo Rothstein, Göteborgs Universitet, Sweden

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