Recasting European Welfare States

Maurizio Ferrera, Anton Hemerijck and Martin Rhodes

in Governing Europe

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780199250158
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599439 | DOI:
 Recasting European Welfare States

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The chapter presents, in synthesis form, some key elements of what is now understood about welfare regimes, their respective pathologies of development, their current paths of reform, and the challenges that still confront them. The first section examines welfare state performance thematically, focusing on employment, the scale and shape of social security systems, and distributive outcomes. The second section takes Europe’s four welfare regimes (those of Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, continental Europe and Southern Europe) and analyses their respective strengths and vulnerabilities. The conclusion considers where the literature on welfare states is likely to go in the future.

Keywords: Britain; continental Europe; development; distributive outcomes; employment; Europe; European welfare states; reform; Scandinavia; social security systems; Southern Europe; United Kingdom; welfare regimes; welfare state performance; welfare states

Chapter.  9061 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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