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Social Policy in Challenging Times: Economic Crisis and Welfare Systems

Kevin Farnsworth and Zoe Irving


There is no precedent to the 2008 economic crisis or its aftermath. The world's most important financial centres all but collapsed under its weight. And some of the world's largest financial institutes either went bust or survived only with massive government bailouts. The impact on social policy has been huge. But the impact of the crisis on national economies and on welfare systems has been far from uniform and predictable. Different economies and different welfare states have been affected at different times, in different ways and to different degrees of magnitude. Bringing together a range ... More

Keywords: social policy, economic crisis, fiscal crisis, banking crisis, austerity, welfare state, varieties of capitalism, Great Recession

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781847428288
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847428288.001.0001


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Kevin Farnsworth, editor

Zoe Irving, editor

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