Motives, means, and opportunities: analytical perspectives

Jochen Clasen

in Reforming European Welfare States

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780199270712
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603266 | DOI:
Motives, means, and opportunities: analytical perspectives

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The chapter introduces the book conceptualisation of s framework for the causal analysis of welfare state reform. It introduces relevant actors and their interests in the two welfare states, institutional structures, as well as changing socio-economic contexts within which actors have operated since the late 1970s. Three sets of different institutional contexts are discussed: formal policy making structures, programme-specific features of unemployment and pension and family policy, and institutional complementarities linking social protection programmes to national political economy structures. The chapter concludes with a historical account of socio-economic trends in the two countries, covering about 25 years.

Keywords: UK; Germany; social policy change; institutional structures; historical institutionalism; social insurance; political economy; German unification

Chapter.  10841 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Economy

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