1. Introduction; 2. Globalization, democracy, and the welfare state; 3. Global capital, political institutions, and contemporary welfare state development: quantitative analysis; 4. Big welfare states in global markets: internationalization and welfare state reform in the Nordic social democracies; 5. Globalization and policy change in corporatist conservative welfare states; 6. Internationalization and liberal welfare states: a synopsis; 7. Assessing long-term impacts: the impact of globalization on taxation, institutions, and control of the macroeonomy; 8. Conclusions: national welfare states in a global economy.
'... combines Swank's impressive mastery of econometric methods with an equally sensitive and informed qualitative observation of selected cases.' Journal of Public Policy 'The book is based on sound empirical material and sophisticated analysis ... it is highly accessible to both advanced scholars and beginning graduate students.' West European Politics