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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. Francis G. Castles examines the growth of big government and the emergence of the modern welfare state and identifies ways in which the role of the state has impacted on labour markets and such personal issues as home ownership, fertility and divorce. He explains why the trajectory of policy transformation has varied from country to country, with immediate post-war policy laggards sometimes becoming leaders, and erstwhile policy pioneers on occasions stagnating. This innovative book presents a wealth of background data and a huge range of new findings, covering 12 policy areas in 21 advanced industrialized countries over a period of more than three decades. Comparative Public Policy is essential reading for students and scholars who wish to understand the dynamics of contemporary social and political development.

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Francis G. Castles, Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Australian National University. He was formerly Professor of Social and Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh, UK

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'Overall, Castles' work is accessible and provides much data regarding public policy after World War II.' -- - Jim F. Couch, E.H. Net, April 2000

. . . this book will serve as an extremely valuable source and guide for anybody interested in comparative public policy development between 1950 and the mid 1990s in OECD countries. . . . The ability to discuss the subject matter and argue his case within the space of 350 rather than 1,000 pages pays tribute to the authors considerable grasp of the material and concise presentation and discussion of data and analysis. -- Jochen Clasen, European Journal of Social Work

A comprehensive, well organized work....Castless book is a comprehensive analysis of recent social processes. -- Ian Gough and Meir Shabat, Journal of European Social Policy

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

Frank Castles has written a book that should be read by anyone interested in comparative public policy, and comparative politics more generally. It is a rare combination of analytic rigor and descriptive richness. It covers a broad sweep of countries, policy areas, and time, and sets a standard for books in public policy. -- B. Guy Peters, University of Pittsburgh

This is a magisterial study by one of the leading international specialists in public policy research... it should be compulsory reading for professors. -- – Martin Rhodes, American Political Science Review

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