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Rethinking the Typology of Western European Welfare States

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  • Marietta Kiss

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The newest, quadripartite typology of Western European welfare states needs some modifications nowadays. The Nordic and the Southern model have remained intact but the Continental and the Anglo-Saxon types have significantly converged (regardless of the economic crisis) that can be explained partly by some countries that have picked up some characteristics of another type and partly by the shift of the whole types themselves. Therefore the view that the types of welfare states are resistant to the changes and survive parallel in the long run is not true.

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  • Marietta Kiss, 2012. "Rethinking the Typology of Western European Welfare States," Romanian Economic Journal, Department of International Business and Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies Bucharest, vol. 15(45), pages 87-122, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:rej:journl:v:15:y:2012:i:45:p:87-122
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    Keywords

    welfare state types; cluster analysis; convergence of welfare regimes; economic crisis; government policy;

    JEL classification:

    • H50 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - General
    • H75 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Government: Health, Education, and Welfare
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs

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