Dismantling the Welfare State?: Reagan, Thatcher and the Politics of Retrenchment (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics)

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This book offers a careful examination of the politics of social policy in an era of austerity and conservative governance. Focusing on the administrations of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, Paul Pierson provides a compelling explanation for the welfare state's durability and for the few occasions where each government was able to achieve significant cutbacks. The book will appeal to those interested in the politics of neo-conservatism as well as those concerned about the development of the modern welfare state. It will attract readers in the fields of comparative politics, public policy, and political economy.

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Focusing on the administrations of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, this text provides a compelling explanation for the welfare state's durability and the few occasions where each government was able to achieve significant cutbacks in an era of austerity and conservative governance.

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A wonderful book- certain to be the benchmark study of Welfare states in hard times. Pierson's linkage of policy feedbacks and political institutions provides a rich analytical perspective that will guide research in comparative policy for many years to come.

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