"Based on an examination of twenty-one OECD countries over the period of 1980-98"--P. [vii]
Includes bibliographical references (p. -193) and index
On crises, myths, and measurements -- A race to the bottom? -- The structure of social provisision -- A European welfare state convergence? -- Explaining expenditure outcomes -- Population ageing and the public purse -- Birth-rate blues: a real crisis in the making? -- Towards a steady-state welfare state?