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Religion, Class Coalitions, and Welfare States

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion and Politics

Philip Manow, Kees van Kersbergen, Thomas Ertman, Kimberly J. Morgan, Julia Lynch, Bruno Palier, Herbert Obinger, Karen M. Anderson, Jill Quadagno, Deanna Rohlinger, Sigrun Kahl
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  • Date Published: June 2009
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521723954

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  • This book radically revises established knowledge in comparative welfare state studies and introduces a new perspective on how religion shaped modern social protection systems. The interplay of societal cleavage structures and electoral rules produced the different political class coalitions sustaining the three welfare regimes of the Western world. In countries with proportional electoral systems the absence or presence of state–church conflicts decided whether class remained the dominant source of coalition building or whether a political logic not exclusively based on socio-economic interests (e.g. religion) was introduced into politics, particularly social policy. The political class-coalitions in countries with majoritarian systems, on the other hand, allowed only for the residual-liberal welfare state to emerge, as in the US or the UK. This book also reconsiders the role of Protestantism. Reformed Protestantism substantially delayed and restricted modern social policy. The Lutheran state churches positively contributed to the introduction of social protection programs.

    • Radical revision of established knowledge in comparative welfare state studies based on a combination of country case studies and comparative accounts
    • Introduces a new perspective on why and how religion shaped modern social protection systems and gives a new comparative account of the formation of different welfare state regimes
    • Systematic inquiry into the role of the state–church conflict for social policy in advanced industrial societies
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    • Date Published: June 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521723954
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 150 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 4 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Religion and the Western welfare state: the theoretical context Philip Manow and Kees van Kersbergen
    2. Western European party systems and the religious cleavage Thomas Ertman
    3. The religious foundations of work-family policies in Western Europe Kimberly J. Morgan
    4. Italy: a Christian democratic or clientist welfare state? Julia Lynch
    5. Religion and the welfare state in the Netherlands Kees van Kersbergen
    6. A conservative welfare state regime without Christian Democracy? The French Etat-providence, 1880–1960 Philip Manow and Bruno Palier
    7. Religion and the consolidation of the Swiss welfare state, 1848–1945 Herbert Obinger
    8. The church as nation? The role of religion in the development of the Swedish welfare state Karen M. Anderson
    9. The religious factor in US welfare state politics Jill Quadagno and Deanna Rohlinger
    10. Religious social doctrines and poor relief: a different causal pathway Sigrun Kahl.

  • Editors

    Kees van Kersbergen, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
    Kees van Kersbergen is a Professor of Political Science at VU University Amsterdam. He served as director of the Centre for Comparative Social Studies until 2007 and has also been professor of political science at the Radboud University (Nijmegen). He is the author of Social Capitalism (1995), which won the Stein Rokkan Prize in Comparative Social Science, and co-editor of Expansion and Fragmentation: Internationalization, Political Change and the Transformation of the Nation State (2014).

    Philip Manow, Universität Bremen
    Philip Manow is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Konstanz. Previously, he was a researcher at the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, and visiting fellow at the Centre for European Studies, Harvard, and at the Centre d'Études Européennes, Sciences Po, Paris. His work has been published in numberous journals and collections, including European Journal of Political Research, West European Politics, Comparative Political Studies, The New Politics of the Welfare State (2001), and Federalism and the Welfare State (2008).

    Contributors

    Philip Manow, Kees van Kersbergen, Thomas Ertman, Kimberly J. Morgan, Julia Lynch, Bruno Palier, Herbert Obinger, Karen M. Anderson, Jill Quadagno, Deanna Rohlinger, Sigrun Kahl

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