Minimum Income Protection and EU Coordination
European Journal of Social Security, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 253-271, 2018
19 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2018
Date Written: October 2018
A number of studies suggest that the Europeanisation process is having a profound impact on national labour market policies. Nevertheless, rather little research has been devoted to the development of social assistance schemes across countries and over time. Relying on two new indicators, benefit levels and replacement rates, we examined the relationship between the Lisbon Strategy and changes in national social assistance benefits. We found no robust results for the first years of the Lisbon Strategy. However, after its re-launch in 2005, there was a positive association between the Lisbon Strategy and social assistance benefit levels. In addition to the Lisbon Strategy, domestic political, institutional and several economic factors were significantly associated with social assistance benefits.
Keywords: comparative political economy, Europeanisation, welfare state reform, social assistance benefits
JEL Classification: H53, H55
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