Comparative Public Policy: Patterns of Post-war Transformation
Edward Elgar Publ., 1998 - 352 pages
'. . . the author has achieved his goal of capturing the large picture of economic transformation and public policy in Western capitalism, post World War II. This book poses problems for all kinds of theories. Castles has simplified our empirical world while questioning our theoretical maps. the tables that at first sight appear off-putting have the compelling fascination of a Guinness Book of Records for grown ups. Not the least of its attractions is that it is an interesting read.' - Grant Jordan, Political Studies 'This innovative book presents a wealth of background data and a huge range of findings. This is a most scholarly text.' - Economic Outlook and Business Review 'Castles has written an accessible and comprehensive analysis of the evolution of public policy in the industrialized world since 1945. All students of comparative public policy will want to have this book close at hand as a ready guide and a source of superb statistical data to a complicated and fascinating set of policy issues.' - Peter J. Katzenstein, Cornell University, US Comparative Public Policy provides the first truly systematic and comprehensive account of the transformation of the post-war state in the advanced countries of the Western world. the author generates new research findings which show how the economic, social and political changes of the post-war era have reshaped modern public policy across the OECD region.
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Making sense of postwar public policy
Economy and society
List of tables
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