Explaining the Irish Welfare State
An Historical, Comparative, and Political Analysis
Describes how the modern Irish welfare state, faced with the need to join the open European market, emerged through a conflict among special interests (capital, class, and gender). The author studies the case of Ireland in order to explore the policy options and possibilities in welfare states.
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"Mel Cousins' book provides a service to scholars and those interested in public policy... This is a substantial addition to the growing literature on welfare state trajectories." - Professor Brian Nolan, The Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin"