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"The Welfare States in a United Europe"

Corrado, Luisa and Londoño, David and Mennini, Francesco and Trovato, Giovanni (2003) "The Welfare States in a United Europe". European Political Economy Review, 1 (1). 040-055.

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    Despite the creation in Europe of a common economic and monetary union, the convergence towards a unique European Welfare State (EWS) model is not yet in evidence. By applying a ß-Convergence panel data approach on real per-capita welfare expenditure, the paper analyses how the different types of welfare states and country-specific factors are conditioning the convergence of EU member states social policies. Our results suggest that a unique European model toward which the different countries are converging does not exist. Instead, we find evidence of strong heterogeneity among welfare states. While accounting for the sensitivity to national specificity of the earlier literature (Esping-Andersen, 1990), this methodology allows us to understand whether there exists a prospect for constructing a new ‘Transnational European Social Model' (Hay et al., 1999).

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    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Longitudinal Analysis; ß-Convergence.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > social policy > welfare state
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Journals > European Political Economy Review
    Depositing User: Elias Galinos Dr
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2003
    Page Range: 040-055
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:16

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