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Convergence towards where: in what ways, if any are welfare states becoming more similar?

Starke, Peter; Obinger, Herbert; Castles, Francis


This article examines whether or not OECD welfare states have converged since 1980. Making use of a variety of concepts of convergence, we analyse the development of a broad range of quantitative welfare state indicators, including several expenditure-based indicators, revenue patterns, benefit replacement rates and decommodification. Contrary to what one might expect from much of the theoretical literature, we find that, although there is evidence of moderate welfare state convergence, it is...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of European Public Policy
DOI: 10.1080/13501760802310397


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