From Welfare States to Welfare Regions

Maurizio Ferrara

in The Boundaries of Welfare

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780199284665
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603273 | DOI:
From Welfare States to Welfare Regions

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The chapter discusses the increasing role of sub-national territories as new, distinctive and relatively autonomous “bounded spaces” in certain areas of social protection, notably health care, active labour market policies, social services and assistance. This new development is illustrated by reference not only to within-state trends of social protection regionalization, but also to novel forms of transnational regional groupings. The Italian case is presented in detail as an emblematic example of the shift from welfare state to welfare regions.

Keywords: regions; territorial competition; multilevel governance; EU social policy; Italian welfare state; sub national social policy; centre-periphery relations; INTERREG

Chapter.  14074 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Economy

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