The European Welfare States, Social Policy and Social Justice

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Guy Bäckman
Editors: Juhani Laurinkari and Felix Unger
Place: Kuopio
Publication year: 2015
Publisher: European Academy of Sciences & Arts
Book title: The Proceedings of International Symposium Justice and Solidarity : The European Utopia in a Globalising Era, Kuopio 2.-3. September 2014
Title of series: European Academy of Sciences and & Arts
Start page: 30
End page: 52


Abstract

The welfare state research nowadays mainly focuses on comparisons among five types of welfare states; the Nordic or social-democratic, Liberal, Continental/corporatist, Mediterranean, and Post-socialist. The European Union (EU) has, through recommendations and treaties, enhanced political, economic and social cooperation among the member states. There are, however, economic and social inequalities among the five types of welfare states, and also between countries within specific types of welfare states. The differences can, to a great extent, be explained by variations in the quality of governments, which in many ways are connected to historical, cultural, political and economic factors.The Nordic countries are a fairly distinct group and differ from most other countries in maintaining small income inequalities and providing universal benefits and services.


Keywords

Social policy, Values, Welfare culture

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