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The ANNALS: Our Bimonthly Journal of Research

The Rise of the Regulatory Welfare State: The Use and Abuse of Social Regulation
Special Editors: David Levi-Faur and Avishai Benish
Vol. 691, September 2020

In volume 691 of The ANNALS, special editors David Levi-Faur and Avishai Benish, both of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, bring scholars together to explore the expansion of regulation in the welfare state and in social policy. Considering such crises as climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, the volume argues that policy-makers have turned increasingly to regulatory measures to promote welfare norms and outcomes. As a result, the regulatory welfare state is re-emerging.

With authors who are experts in regulation and governance in the context of social welfare, this volume challenges the welfare state vs. regulatory state dichotomy and addresses a broad range of welfare state domains from multiple perspectives. Further, the papers demonstrate that the reassertion of regulation and welfare is not only common in policies and grand designs, but also in the structure and expansion of the state itself.


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Cecilia Rouse

2015 Eleanor Roosevelt Fellow

Cecilia Elena Rouse is the Dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and the Lawrence and Shirley Katzman and Lewis and Anna Ernst Professor in the Economics of Education. She is also President-elect Joe Biden’s ​pick as Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers​ (CEA).

Rouse is the founding director of the Princeton University Education Research Section, a member of the National Academy of Education, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her primary research interests are in labor economics with a focus on the economics of education. Rouse has served as an editor of the Journal of Labor Economics and is currently a senior editor of The Future of Children. In 1998–99 she served a year in the White House at the National Economic Council, and from 2009–2011 she served as a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. She is a member of the board of directors of MDRC, and a director of the T. Rowe Price Equity Mutual Funds and T. Rowe Price Fixed Income Mutual Funds. She received her BA in economics from Harvard University in 1986 and a PhD in economics from Harvard University in 1992.

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