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Universalism versus targeting: The vulnerability of social insurance and means-tested minimum income protection in 18 countries, 1990-2002
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2007 (English)In: International Social Security Review, Vol. 60, no 1, 33-58 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The stagnation and retrenchment of social policies in recent decades raise considerable interest and concern in writings on the welfare state. This study examines differences in the development of means-tested benefits and social insurance provisions. Questions relating to the measurement of policy retrenchment and the vulnerability of social benefits are addressed. Two conflicting hypotheses are discerned: one stating that the development of means-tested benefits resembles that of social insurance; and another more recent one claiming that the evolution of means-tested benefits follows a unique pattern. The empirical analyses are based on institutional data on the level of social benefits. It is shown that social insurance stands a better chance of surviving periods of retrenchment and that the greater vulnerability of means-tested benefits is related to the organization of social insurance provisions.

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2007. Vol. 60, no 1, 33-58 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-20651DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1468-246X.2007.00259.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-20651DiVA: diva2:187177
Available from: 2007-04-02 Created: 2007-04-02 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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