New Book by Tolga BĂ¶lĂĽkbaĹźÄ±
â€śEuro-Austerity and Welfare States,â€ť a new book by Asst. Prof. H. Tolga BĂ¶lĂĽkbaĹźÄ± of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, provides comparative insights regarding this hot-button policy issue. The book, published by the University of Toronto Press, analyzes the politics of budgetary and welfare state reform in the first episode of Euro-austerity during the 1990s, in countries where austerityâ€™s impact was expected to be greatest. Based on in-depth comparative case studies of Belgium, Greece and Italy â€“ three countries that seem far apart, but actually share crucial characteristics â€“ â€śEuro-Austerity and Welfare Statesâ€ť shows that although scholars, policymakers and citizens alike expected Euro-austerity to erode Europeâ€™s welfare states, the fate of the welfare state was in fact not preordained.