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Religion, Class Coalitions, and Welfare States (Kees van Kersbergen Philip Manow (eds)) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2009) 9780521897914
Religion, Class Coalitions, and Welfare States (Kees van Kersbergen Philip Manow (eds)) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2009) 9780521897914
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Title: Religion, Class Coalitions, and Welfare States

Author: Kersbergen, Kees van Philip Manow (eds)

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2009

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521897914

Volumes: 1; Pages: 320

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This book radically revises established knowledge in comparative welfare state studies and introduces a new perspective on how religion shaped modern social protection systems. The interplay of societal cleavage structures and electoral rules produced the different political class coalitions sustaining the three welfare regimes of the Western world. In countries with proportional electoral systems the absence or presence of state--church conflicts decided whether class remained the dominant source of coalition building or whether a political logic not exclusively based on socio-economic interests (e.g. religion) was introduced into politics, particularly social policy. The political class-coalitions in countries with majoritarian systems, on the other hand, allowed only for the residual-liberal welfare state to emerge, as in the US or the UK. This book also reconsiders the role of Protestantism. Reformed Protestantism substantially delayed and restricted modern social policy. The Lutheran state churches positively contributed to the introduction of social protection programs.Contents1. Religion and the Western welfare state: the theoretical context Philip Manow and Kees van Kersbergen2. Western European party systems and the religious cleavage Thomas Ertman3. The religious foundations of work-family policies in Western Europe Kimberly J. Morgan4. Italy: a Christian democratic or clientist welfare state? Julia Lynch5. Religion and the welfare state in the Netherlands Kees van Kersbergen6. A conservative welfare state regime without Christian Democracy? The French Etat-providence, 1880-1960 Philip Manow and Bruno Palier7. Religion and the consolidation of the Swiss welfare state, 1848-1945 Herbert Obinger8. The church as nation? The role of religion in the development of the Swedish welfare state Karen M. Anderson9. The religious factor in US welfare state politics Jill Quadagno and Deanna Rohlinger10. Religious social doctrines and poor relief: a different causal pathway Sigrun Kahl
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