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Reforming European Welfare StatesGermany and the United Kingdom Compared$
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Jochen Clasen

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199270712

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199270716.001.0001

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(p.187) 7 Conclusion
Reforming European Welfare States

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This chapter reviews the results of the empirical chapters in the light of conceptual and theoretical discussions in earlier chapters. It argues that historically sensitive diachronic comparisons of policy programmes are particularly suited for a systematic empirical welfare state analyses. Reviewing factors which impinged on policy change, it argues for a multi-causal accounts of change taking account of institutional variation and diverse actor constellation across welfare state programmes. It concludes with an assessment of the EU on national policy making which has been fairly modest in the three domains covered, but it likely to gain relevance in all of them.

Keywords:   welfare state retrenchment, restructuring, welfare reform, European social policy, social policy reform, diachronic comparisons

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