By Alice Kessler-Harris,Maurizio Vaudagna

After global warfare II, states on each side of the Atlantic enacted entire social advantages to guard operating humans and constrain capitalism. A extensively shared consensus particularly associated social welfare to democratic citizenship, upholding higher equality because the glue that held countries jointly. even though the "two Wests," Europe and the U.S., vary in an important respects, they percentage a standard background of social rights, democratic participation, and welfare capitalism. yet in a brand new age of world inequality, welfare-state retrenchment, and monetary austerity, can capitalism and democracy nonetheless coexist?

In this publication, major historians and social scientists reconsider the background of social democracy and the welfare kingdom within the usa and Europe in mild of the worldwide alterations of the commercial order. individually and jointly, they ask how adjustments within the distribution of wealth reshape the that means of citizenship in a post-welfare-state period. They discover how the cruel results of austerity and inequality impact democratic participation. In person essays in addition to interviews with Ira Katznelson and Frances Fox Piven, members from each side of the Atlantic discover the fortunes of the welfare nation. They speak about distinctive nationwide and overseas settings, talking to either neighborhood particularities and transnational and transatlantic exchanges. overlaying more than a few topics—the lives of migrant employees, gender and the family members within the layout of welfare guidelines, the destiny of the eu Union, and the clients of social movements—Democracy and the Welfare State is key studying on what continues to be of twentieth-century social democracy amid the onslaught of neoliberalism and right-wing populism and the place this legacy could but lead us.

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