By Claus Offe
Claus Offe is without doubt one of the prime social scientists operating in Germany this present day, and his paintings, really at the welfare country, has been vastly influential either in Europe and the USA. Contradictions of the Welfare country is the 1st number of Offe's essays to seem in one quantity in English, and it incorporates a number of his most vital fresh paintings at the breakdown of the post-war payment. The political writings during this booklet are essentially fascinated with the origins of the current difficulties—what Offe calls the 'crises of quandary management'—of welfare capitalist states. He shows why within the current interval, those states aren't any longer able to totally handling the socio-political difficulties and conflicts generated by way of past due capitalist societies and discusses the viability of recent correct, corporatist, and democratic socialist proposals for restructuring the welfare country. The publication additionally bargains clean and penetrating insights right into a variety of alternative topics, together with social hobbies, political events, legislation, social coverage, and hard work markets. there's an interview with Claus Offe, ready in particular for this quantity, and a considerable introductory bankruptcy by way of John Keane which hyperlinks the essays and explores Offe's valuable topics. This ebook is incorporated within the sequence stories in modern German Social idea, edited via Thomas McCarthy.
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Contradictions of the Welfare State by Claus Offe