In this new book Gøsta Esping–Andersen – the leading analyst of the welfare state – examines how different societies have responded to these challenges. It focuses especially on the quest for gender equality, on the role of families in the reproduction of social inequalities, and on major inequities associated with an ageing population. Through comparative analysis he seeks to identify the kinds of welfare state reform that can optimize not only individuals′ life chances but also collective welfare. The intellectual ambition is, in other words, to identify the mainsprings of a new and superior form of social equilibrium.
This book will be of great interest to anyone concerned with gender and the changing role of women, with social and public policy, and with the future of the welfare state.
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Part One. The Challenges
Chapter 1. Families and the Revolution in Women s Roles
Chapter 2. The New Inequalities
Part Two. Welfare State Adaptation
Chapter 3. Adapting Family Policy to the Female Revolution
Chapter 4. Investing in Children and Equalizing Opportunities
Chapter 5. Ageing and Equity