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An Essay on Welfare State Dynamics

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  • Lindbeck, Assar

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    (The Research Institute of Industrial Economics)

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The expansion of welfare-state arrangements is seen as the result of dynamic interaction between market behaviour and political behaviour, often with considerable time lags, sometimes generating either virtuous or vicious circles. Such interaction may also involve induced (endogenous) changes in social norms and political pre­ferences. Moreover, the internationalisation process not only limits the ability of national governments to redistribute income; they also increase the political demands for international mobility of welfare-state benefits and social services. I also discuss the dynamics of reforms and retreats of welfare-state arrangements.

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Paper provided by Research Institute of Industrial Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 595.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 15 May 2003
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:iuiwop:0595

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Keywords: Welfare State; Welfare-State Dynamics; Political Equilibrium; Social Norms;

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  1. Halla, Martin & Lackner, Mario & Schneider, Friedrich, 2009. "An Empirical Analysis of the Dynamics of the Welfare State: The Case of Benefit Morale," IZA Discussion Papers 4165, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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