Wednesday

Starting to write the new book

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.

  1. Contract to write new book
  2. Coming research trips for the new book
  3. The welfare state is not a uniquely British creation
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2 Responses to Starting to write the new book

  1. Colin says:

    Just finished reading ‘The Welfare State Were In’ which was a real eye-opener. Very much looking forward the new one James.

    Regarding you’re final chapter on what can be done about the welfare state I wonder if you’ve read Douglas Carswell’s views on the role the new media might play in shrinking the state:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/personal-view/9559810/Douglas-Carswell-Bad-news-for-the-big-state.html

  2. Kevin Cullis says:

    Hi James,

    Tom Palmer sent me to your site. May I suggest something for your new book? I’m researching information about historical entrepreneurship for a new revision of my book, “How to Start a Business: Mac Version” and found some interesting facts that you might include. When you include the welfare state, will you include the rich who are on welfare?

    Read this short history about the US Pilgrims and THEIR version of economy. http://www.hoover.org/publications/hoover-digest/article/6580 The interesting part about the Pilgrims is their “rules” were for a small set of people, but the people’s actions were interesting. You can also read William Bradford’s journal comments about the above actions here (read the numbers) http://mith.umd.edu//eada/html/display.php?docs=bradford_history.xml #210, #216, #217

    “Just so the wealth of the country, its capital, its credit, must be saved from the predatory poor as well as the predatory rich, but above all from the predatory politician.” James J. Hill. The ONLY Gilded Age railroader that did NOT suffer bankruptcy.

    Take a look at the books “American Entrepreneur” by Schweikart and “The Right to Earn a Living” by Sandefur and “How Capitalism Save America” by DiLorenzo, each gives some historical information about the US view of the economy.

    I’ll take a look at your book.

    Kevin

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