Book launch for The Rise and Fall of the Welfare State by Asbjørn Wahl

2012 16 Nov
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Book launch for The Rise and Fall of the Welfare State by Asbjørn Wahl

In an age of government-imposed austerity, and after 30 years of neo-liberal restructuring, the future of the welfare state looks increasingly uncertain.

The Rise and Fall of the Welfare State points to an alternative way forward for the trade union movement based on concrete examples of struggles and alliance-building.

The book offers an accessible analysis of the situation across Europe, identifies the most important challenges and presents practical proposals for combating the paradigm shift that the welfare state is going through. This is illustrated by the shift from welfare to workfare and increased top-down control.


Asbjørn Wahl is director of the Campaign for the Welfare State. He is also an adviser at the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees and holds an elected position at the International Transport Workers’ Federation. He is an active member of the Labour and Globalisation network.

Organized by the Polaris Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)

Friday, Nov. 16
Note special time, 12 noon
Octopus Books Centretown
251 Bank Street, 2nd Floor, “Under One Roof”


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