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Author Lynch, Julia, 1970-
Title Age in the welfare state : the origins of social spending on pensioners, workers, and children / Julia Lynch.
Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Author Lynch, Julia, 1970-
Series Cambridge studies in comparative politics.
Cambridge studies in comparative politics.
Subject Public welfare -- Cross-cultural studies.
Age groups -- Government policy -- Cross-cultural studies.
Age discrimination -- Cross-cultural studies.
Patronage, Political -- Cross-cultural studies.
Description 1 online resource (xviii, 223 pages) : illustrations.
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-217) and index.
Summary Examining the different approaches in state spending on pensions and benefits in various countries, this text also addresses the political consequences of these decisions. This book asks why some countries devote the lion's share of their social policy resources to the elderly, while others have a more balanced repertoire of social spending. Far from being the outcome of demands for welfare spending by powerful age-based groups in society, the 'age' of welfare is an unintended consequence of the way that social programs are set up. The way that politicians use welfare state spending to compete for votes, along either programmatic or particularistic lines, locks these early institutional choices into place. So while society is changing - aging, divorcing, moving in and out of the labor force over the life course in new ways - social policies do not evolve to catch up. The result, in occupational welfare states like Italy, the United States, and Japan, is social spending that favors the elderly and leaves working-aged adults and children largely to fend for themselves.
Contents Cover; Half-title; Series-title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Tables and Figures; Abbreviations; Acknowledgments; 1 Introduction; 2 Measuring the Age of Welfare; 3 Age and the Welfare State; 4 Family Allowances; 5 Benefits for the Unemployed; 6 Old-Age Pensions; 7 Conclusion; References; Index.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 0511219164
0521849985 (hardback)
052161516X (pbk.)
9780511221149 (electronic bk.)
0511221142 (electronic bk.)
0511219849 (electronic bk. ; Adobe Reader)
9780511219849 (electronic bk. ; Adobe Reader)
0511220502 (electronic bk.)
9780511220500 (electronic bk.)
9780511606922 (ebook)
0511606923 (ebook)
ISBN/ISSN 9780521849982
OCLC # 173610108
Additional Format Print version: Lynch, Julia, 1970- Age in the welfare state. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006 (DLC) 2006004116.

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