I have started to write the new book on welfare states around the world.
I have already done some small introductory chapters and some other items. But now I am starting on the real substance of the thing, beginning with the chapter on welfare.
Recently I have been gathering and reading information about Lyndon Johnson, F.D. Roosevelt, Bismarck and the French welfare state (an excellent book by Timothy Smith). I am having a tough time tracking down reliable information about the motivation of Bismarck when he started creating state welfare in Germany. I would also like to discover why he fixed upon an insurance structure of welfare.
I have also been reading the excellent prologue to ‘A Long Goodbye to Bismarck’ by the redoubtable Gosta Esping-Andersen. I disagree with him on some things but I certainly respect him. I am beginning to think that the Bismarckian model is slowly dying.