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

Suggested Citation

London, Jonathan D., Historical Welfare Regimes (September 27, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1934541 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1934541

Jonathan D. London (Contact Author)

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