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A new book by political theorist Steven Klein takes a fresh look at the future of the welfare state in the 21st century.

Ranging across political theory and intellectual history, The Work of Politics: Making a Democratic Welfare State (Cambridge University Press 2020) provides a vital contribution to contemporary thinking about the welfare state and challenges readers to rethink the distribution of power in society.

The book draws on the writings of Weber, Arendt, and Habermas, and historical episodes that range from the workers' movement in Bismarck's Germany to post-war Swedish feminism.

To celebrate publication, Dr Klein will be hosting a launch event on 2 March, with Professor Lois McNay (University of Oxford) acting as commentator.

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Steven Klein is a lecturer of political theory in the Department of Political Economy. He did his undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia and his PhD at the University of Chicago. Prior to coming to King's, he was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida. He has held fellowships from the European University Institute and the American Academy in Berlin.

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Steven Klein

Senior lecturer in political theory