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An Essay on Welfare State Dynamics
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for International Economic Studies.
2003 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The expansion of welfare-state arrangements is seen as the result of dynamic interaction between market behaviour and political behaviour, often with considerable time lags, sometimes generating either virtuous or vicious circles. Such interaction may also involve induced (endogenous) changes in social norms and political preferences. Moreover, the internationalization process not only limits the ability of national governments to redistribute income; they also increase the political demands for international mobility of welfare-state benefits and social services. I also discuss the dynamics of reforms and retreats of welfare-state arrangements.

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Stockholm: IIES , 2003. , 29 p.
Seminar Paper / Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University. (Online), ISSN 1653-610X ; 719
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welfare state, welfare-state dynamics, political equilibrium, social norms
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-42054OAI: diva2:343793
Available from: 2010-08-16 Created: 2010-08-16 Last updated: 2010-08-16Bibliographically approved

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