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Comparative Welfare Systems: The Scandinavian Model in a by Bent Greve

By Bent Greve

The Scandinavian welfare-state version is altering. This publication offers those alterations and an interpretation of why they've got taken position. All students attracted to welfare-state research desire this e-book with its new and clean research of this particular version. This ebook presents a compelling and rigorous research, which by way of bringing students from diverse disciplines jointly, casts new mild and perception into the Scandinavian version. it is going to stimulate dialogue concerning the welfare kingdom, and whilst it is going to be of serious worth for all scholars within the box of welfare-state research.

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In 1986 the US government's social expenditure as a percentage of GDP was larger than Spain's (and presumably Portugal's) and similar to that of Greece, Switzerland and the UK. In 1986, the US spent a larger fraction of its GDP on pensions than did the UK, Ireland and Finland, and equal or comparable amounts to Spain and Portugal (OECD, 1989). If we turn to benefit rates, the picture is similarly nebulous: unemployment benefit lasts three times as long in Holland (156 weeks) as in Britain and Germany (52 weeks).

Different forms of democracy fit different national circumstances and it is hard to see what would be the point of trying to establish a single scale of measurement, or even a cluster of two or three ideal types, by which to evaluate them. Is proportional representation a better or more democratic voting system than first-past-thepost? If you are one of the unrepresented 49 per cent in a single member constituency, yes. If you are a citizen in a nation with a parliament thrown into disarray by a chaotically ungovernable welter of splinter parties, no.

However a concept has not been elaborated whereby it would be possible to explain the different roles of men and women in the social division of labour - paid as well as unpaid labour. The main weakness of the dominant welfare analyses is that they do not include the family structure and the relation between paid and unpaid labour in explaining the social stratification and the development of welfare societies. The welfare typologies have been criticized by feminist scholars for concentrating primarily on the role of the welfare state in providing social benefits for the individuals engaged in paid work, while they have left out the role of welfare states in providing social protection to families and children (Shaver and Bradshaw, 1993).

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