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Is There a Trade-off Between Economic Efficiency and a Generous Welfare State? A Comparison of Best Cases of The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism

Headey, Bruce W; Goodin, Robert; Muffels, Ruud J; Dirven, Henk-Jan


A crucial debate in policy-making as well as academic circles is whether there is a trade-off between economic efficiency and the size/generosity of the welfare state. One way to contribute to this debate is to compare the performance of 'best cases' of different types of state. Arguably, in the decade 1985-94, the US, West Germany and the Netherlands were 'best cases' - best economic performers - in what Esping-Andersen (1990) calls 'the three worlds of welfare capitalism'. The US is a liberal...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2000
Type: Journal article
Source: Social Indicators Research
DOI: 10.1023/A:1007005619530


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