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Public and Private Welfare in Modern Europe

Public and Private Welfare in Modern Europe

Productive Entanglements

Fabio GIOMI, Célia KEREN, Morgane LABBE
Londres,  Routledge,  [2022],  226 p.

Since the 1980s, neoliberals have openly contested the idea that the state should protect the socio-economic well-being of its citizens, making ‘privatization’ their mantra. Yet, as historians and social scientists have shown, welfare has always been a ‘mixed economy’, wherein private and public actors dynamically interacted, collaborating or competing with each other in the provision of welfare services. This book will be of interest to students, scholars and practitioners of welfare by developing three innovative approaches. Firstly, it illuminates the productive nature of public/private entanglements. Far from amounting to a zero-sum game, the interactions between the two sectors have changed over time what welfare encompasses, its contents and targets, often engendering the creation of new fields of intervention. Secondly, this book departs from a well-established tradition of comparison between Western nation-states by using and mixing various scales of analysis (local, national, international and global) and by covering case studies from Spain to Poland and France to Greece in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Thirdly, this book goes beyond state centrism in welfare studies by bringing back a host of public and private actors, from municipalities to international organizations, from older charities to modern NGOs.

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Quelques mots à propos de :   Fabio GIOMI, Célia KEREN, Morgane LABBE

Fabio GIOMI is Research Fellow at CETOBaC in Paris. His research interests include voluntary associations and social movements, women and gender, Islam, and transnational studies in contemporary Southeastern Europe. His recent publications include Making Muslim women European. Voluntary associations, gender and Islam in post-Ottoman Bosnia and Yugoslavia (CEU Press, 2021) and Kemalism. Transnational Politics in the Post-Ottoman World (I.B. Tauris, 2019).  Célia KEREN is Associate Professor of Modern History at Sciences Po Toulouse in France. Her research interests are the transnational history of political mobilizations and humanitarian aid, especially child aid in twentieth-century Western Europe. Among others, she is the author of “When the CGT did humanitarian work: Spanish children evacuated to France (1936–1939)”, Le Mouvement Social, 264, 3 (2018), 15–39.  Morgane LABBE is Associate Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Her research interests are in the history of welfare, population policies, and nationalism in Eastern Europe. She published La Nationalité, une Histoire de Chiffres. Politique et statistiques en Europe centrale (1848–1919) (Presses de Sciences Po, 2019) and edited a special issue of the Revue d’Histoire de la Protection Sociale (2018).
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