States, Social Knowledge and the Origins of Modern Social Policies
From the 1850s to the 1920s, laws regulating the industrial labour process, pensions for the elderly, unemployment insurance, and measures to educate and ensure the welfare of children were enacted in many industrializing capitalist nations. This same period saw the development of modern social sciences. This collection of essays examines the reciprocal influence of social policy and academic research in comparative context, ranging across policy areas and encompassing developments in Britain, the United States, Germany, France, Canada, Scandinavia and Japan.
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The book is not just for specialists. All students of the welfare state, comparative public policy, American and comparative politics, and the sociology of knowledge should read this volume or some portions of it in order to understand better the development of states, social knowledge, and the origins of modern social policies and how these interactive processes have actually occurred. American Political Science Review