This title was first published in 2003. During the last twenty years, the longer-term sustainability of social insurance systems has become a major issue in all European countries. Analysts and governments are increasingly alarmed at the growth in the number of disability benefit recipients, and the expansion of disability benefit schemes via increasing benefits, broadening coverage and easing access. While policy measures differ widely, policy goals tend to converge. This book analyses and compares the often controversial disability benefit policies in eleven European countries, examining their rationale, impact and outcome, and the direction of reform in the future. It will make fundamental reading for specialists in disability, social protection and public economics, and for Social Policy academics, researchers and students generally.
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface: recent European centre disability welfare studies and the OECD report 2003, Bernd Marin. Introduction and Theoretical Overview: Transforming disability welfare policy. Completing a paradigm shift, Bernd Marin; Disability and disability insurance, Philip R. de Jong. Country Trends: Disability pensions in Austria, Karl WÃ¶rister; Disability pensions: trends and policies in Denmark, Per H. Jensen; Disability pensions in Finland, Raija Gould; Disability pensions in Germany, Holger Viebrok; Disability pensions in Italy: the law and the numbers, Emanuele Baldacci and Gustavo De Santis; The Dutch disability experience, Leo Aarts and Philip R. de Jong; Disability pensions and social security in Norway, Svenn-Ã…ge Dahl and Hans-Tore Hansen; Invalidity pensions: trends and policies in Poland, Stanislawa Golinowska and Katarzyna Pietka; Invalidity pensions: the case of Slovenia, Cveto Ursic and Tine Stanovnik; Social security and disability in Sweden, Agneta Kruse; The particularities of Swiss invalidity insurance, Christopher Prinz and Bruno Nydegger Lory; List of contributors.
’Many of the countries in the study have multiple tiers of benefit provision with employment-based arrangements occupying a central place. For British readers, this book is a rich source of information about these often-mystifying arrangements.’ Social Policy