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Welfare state reform and restructuring

Jochen Clasen

in Reforming European Welfare States

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780199270712
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603266 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199270716.003.0002
Welfare state reform and restructuring

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The chapter puts the book into the context of the contemporary discussion on welfare state reform, and reflects on major concepts and guiding notions, such as retrenchment, re-calibration, and restructuring. It argues in favour of a robust conceptualisation and operationalisation of the ‘dependent variable’, combining both quantitative parameters, such as social spending, with qualitative ‘social rights’ indicators. Furthermore, the chapter underlines the interest both in capturing changes in policy direction (expansion or retrenchment) as well as in assessing policy profiles or patterns of change.

Keywords: welfare state retrenchment; politics of social policy; welfare state restructuring; social spending; social rights; social policy reform; policy profile

Chapter.  4889 words. 

Subjects: Political Economy

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