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The Welfare State

HAROLD L. WILENSKY

in Rich Democracies

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780520231764
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928336 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520231764.003.0005
The Welfare State

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This chapter uses convergence theory to explain broad similarities in welfare-state development and corporatist theory. It explains the determinants of welfare-state development and suggests that convergence theory works well for the time span of a century and the range of development embraced by Sweden and Tunisia, Denmark and Bulgaria, the U.S. and India. It shows that rich countries converge in types of health and welfare programs, in increasingly comprehensive convergence, and to a much lesser extent in methods of financing.

Keywords: convergence theory; welfare-state development; corporatist theory; health programs; welfare programs; Sweden; Tunisia; Denmark; Bulgaria; U.S.

Chapter.  21246 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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