Verzorgingsstaten in soorten: Op zoek naar ideaal- en reële typen


  • Arts,Wil
  • Gelissen,John


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In this paper we give an overview of the literature regarding Esping-Andersen's typology of welfare states and modified versions of it. We especially focus on classifications which have been developed by Esping-Andersen's critics in order to cope with the following alleged shortcomings which have been identified in his work: (1) The mis-specification of the Mediterranean welfare states as immature continental ones, (2) the labelling of the Antipodean welfare states as belonging to the 'liberal' regime type, (3) a neglect of the gender-dimension in social polity, and (4) a misconception about the position of East-Asian welfare states, in particular Japan. We reconstruct several typologies of welfare states in order to establish, first, whether real welfare states are quite similar to others or whether they are rather unique specimens, and, second, whether there are three ideal-typical worlds of welfare capitalism or more. We come to the conclusion that real welfare states belong to specific types and that the number of ideal-typical welfare states is sooner five or even six, instead of the original three identified by Esping-Andersen. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; Copyright of Mens en Maatschappij is the property of Amsterdam University Press and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

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