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Immigration and Welfare State Retrenchment: Why the US Experience is not Reflected in Western Europe

Dennis C. Spies


Is large-scale immigration to Europe incompatible with the continent’s generous and encompassing welfare states? Are Europeans willing to share welfare benefits with ethnically different and often less well-off immigrants? Or do they regard the newcomers as undeserving and their claim for welfare rights as unjustified? These questions are at the heart of what has become known as the “New Progressive Dilemma” (NPD) debate—and the predominant answers given to them are rather pessimistic. Pointing to the experiences of the US, where a multi-racial society in combination with a longstanding histor ... More

Keywords: Immigration, welfare state retrenchment, new progressive dilemma, comparative welfare research, party research, ethnic diversity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198812906
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198812906.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dennis C. Spies, author
Research Fellow, University of Cologne