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By Patricia Kennett

ISBN-10: 1840648864

ISBN-13: 9781840648867

The present context of social coverage is one within which the various previous certainties of the prior were eroded. The predominantly inward-looking, household preoccupation of social coverage has made manner for a extra built-in, overseas and outward method of research which appears past the bounds of the kingdom. it's during this context that this guide brings jointly the paintings of key commentators within the box of comparative research for you to offer accomplished insurance of up to date debates and concerns in cross-national social coverage learn. Organised round 5 issues, this notable quantity explores the contextual, conceptual, analytical and processual elements of venture comparative social study. within the first half, the authors are all in favour of de-centring the nation and lengthening the epistemological framework wherein cross-national research is explored. In elements II and III, the focal point is at the conceptual and theoretical frameworks for analysing social coverage cross-nationally, whereas half IV examines the daily truth of getting ready for and accomplishing cross-national research. within the ultimate part, the authors spotlight carrying on with and rising subject matters and matters that are of specific relevance to knowing the modern social international. overseas in scope, this authoritative guide offers unique innovative learn from prime experts and may turn into an critical resource of reference for an individual attracted to comparative social learn. it is going to additionally turn out a beneficial learn relief for undergraduate and postgraduate scholars from various disciplines together with social coverage, sociology, politics, city experiences and public coverage.

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In addition, the structured coherence of national economy–national state–national society was weakened by changes associated with globalization, internationalization, the rise of multi-tiered global city networks, the formation of triad economies (such as European Economic Space), and the re-emergence of regional and local economies. The unity of the nation-state has also been weakened by the (admittedly uneven) growth of multi-ethnic and multi-cultural societies and Hollowing out the ‘nation-state’ 15 of divided political loyalties (with the resurgence of regionalism and nationalism as well as the rise of European identities, diasporic networks, cosmopolitan patriotism, and so on).

Conclusions Drawing on the concepts and arguments presented above, I now conclude that the Keynesian welfare national state (KWNS) is being tendentially replaced by a Schumpeterian workfare post-national regime (SWPR). This can be presented in ideal-typical terms along the same lines as its predecessor. Thus, first, the new state form is Schumpeterian insofar as it tries to promote permanent innovation and flexibility in relatively open economies by intervening on the supply-side and to strengthen as far as possible their structural and/or systemic competitiveness.

This de- and re-territorialization of specific state powers is reshaping national states qua mutually exclusive, formally sovereign, spatially segmented instantiations of the modern interstate system. Given the primacy of the national scale in the KWNS, this trend is sometimes described as the ‘hollowing out’ of the national state. However labelled, it reflects attempts by state managers on different territorial scales to enhance their respective operational autonomies and strategic capacities.

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