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Welfare state formation in the enlarged European union – Patterns of reform in the post-communist new member states
[Die Entwicklung von Wohlfahrtsstaaten in der erweiterten Europäischen Union – Reformen in den neuen post-sozialistischen Mitgliedsstaaten]

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  • Offe, Claus
  • Fuchs, Susanne

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Eastern Enlargement of the European Union challenged the design of European Welfare states. Many authors discuss the impact of East European social security systems on their West European counterparts and fear a “race to the bottom”. This paper addresses welfare state developments in the eight post-socialist new member states which completed the accession process in 2004, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Slovenia (EU-8). We focus on institutional patterns and performance as well as on the impact of internal and external actors of welfare state formation. How do the EU-8 diverge from West European welfare states and how do they fit into the typology of welfare state regimes?

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  • Offe, Claus & Fuchs, Susanne, 2007. "Welfare state formation in the enlarged European union – Patterns of reform in the post-communist new member states
    [Die Entwicklung von Wohlfahrtsstaaten in der erweiterten Europäischen Union – Re
    ," Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Global Governance SP IV 2007-306, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:wzbtci:spiv2007306
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    1. Mechthild Schrooten & Sabine Stephan, 2003. "Private Savings in Eastern European EU-Accession Countries: Evidence from a Dynamic Panel Data Model," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 372, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
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    3. Michael Knogler & Volkhart Vincentz, 2005. "Auswirkungen der EU-Osterweiterung auf die Arbeitsmärkte der neuen Mitgliedstaaten und der EU-15, insbesondere Deutschland," Working Papers 257, Leibniz Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung (Institute for East and Southeast European Studies).
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