Are European Welfare Regimes Converging? (Method (Independent Variable…
Are European Welfare Regimes Converging?
Which countries to look at?
From different regimes.
Explanation for extent of convergence to neo-liberalism.
Levels of Welfare
The one you change - look at different things which could affect extent, then decide on one as the most important.
Regime type and country is changed.
Levels of conditionality.
Regimes converging towards neo-liberalism, but type of regime and 'weaknesses' to neo-liberalism depends extent.
What is being measured?
Different regimes but increasing similarity - why becoming similar? Why not?
Two very different regimes but a convergence to retrenchment or privatisation or conditionality.
Look at social democratic regimes which are different in the respect of conditionality.
Similar countries in respect to population, democracy, historic background - assess different aspect over time - see if aspect has become more similar.
Difference - unemployment benefits and healthcare provision?
Convergence downward into retrenchment of the welfare state, impact of globalisation.
A European Welfare State? - Kleinman
Exploring European Social Policy - Geyer
Social Europe - Berthound and Iacovou
European Welfare Policy - George and Taylor-Gooby
Literature that shows why differences are important to discussing regime type.
Specific Policy Focus
POLITICS not social policy.
Methodology is key - variables and comparison must be a part.
Democratic features of regimes, voting styles.
Problems faced - globalisation, ageing population etc.
Can I pick any policy area to focus on?
If looking at convergence is it MSSD or MDSD?
Is dad's MSSD approach okay?
Different Regimes have some similarity -- maybe unemployment benefits, or neo-liberal social security.
Confusing because convergence suggests it's over time.
Confusing because convergence suggests a move from MDSD to MSSD
Extent to which some regimes have converged and others haven't.
Which policy areas have converged and which haven't and why?
MDSD - most different regimes but convergence of one policy area.