Historical Welfare Regimes
69 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2011
Date Written: September 27, 2011
This essay elaborates concepts and methods for the analysis of welfare regimes in a variety of historical settings. Motivated by an analysis of welfare regimes in the wake of state-socialism, the essay addresses a more general set of questions about the properties, determinants, and effects of welfare regimes under different forms of political economy and in the transition from one form of political economy to another. In addressing these questions, the essay also attends to analytic challenges that arise from spatial variation in welfare regimes within countries over time. The essay builds upon recent efforts conceptualize welfare regimes in diverse settings but seeks to restore the theoretical ambition of earlier studies of welfare regimes. The essay aims to expand the comparative historical scope of welfare regimes analysis in a way that may contribute to welfare regimes analysis as a field of study.
Keywords: Welfare Regime, Social Policy, Developing Countries, Viet Nam, Regime, Polanyi
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