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Convergence in social welfare systems: what does it mean?

Denis Bouget

in Social Policy Review 15

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9781847424709
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303428 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424709.003.0006
Convergence in social welfare systems: what does it mean?

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This chapter reveals that the theoretical explanations of convergence are fragile, contradictory, or inadequate. It shows that they often disregard the contradictions in the trajectories and the power of certain divergent forces in the evolution of social welfare systems. This chapter concludes that there is a slight convergence of some socioeconomic indicators that are connected to the evolution of social welfare systems.

Keywords: theoretical explanation; convergence; social welfare systems; evolution; socioeconomic indicators

Chapter.  8760 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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