The Welfare State in Global Perspective

Matthew E. Carnes and Isabela Mares

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780199566020
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

The Welfare State in Global Perspective

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This article studies the welfare state in a global perspective. It argues that the most exciting research opportunities in the study of welfare lie in examining the variation in the politics of social protection in developing economies. It identifies the levels of industrialization and economic openness and views the power resource perspective. Cross-class alliances and state-centered approaches are examined. This article shows that existing literature has given important insights for an understanding of a very consequential political outcome, which are the measures to protect workers and disadvantaged members of society through permanent or temporary economic difficulties.

Keywords: welfare state; global perspective; social protection; levels of industrialization; economic openness; power resource perspective; cross-class alliances; state-centered approaches; economic difficulties

Article.  8548 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Public Policy

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