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Rich DemocraciesPolitical Economy, Public Policy, and Performance$
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Harold Wilensky

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520231764

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520231764.001.0001

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The Welfare State

The Welfare State

Convergence and Divergence

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Rich Democracies


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This chapter uses convergence theory to explain broad similarities in welfare-state development and corporatist theory. It explains the determinants of welfare-state development and suggests that convergence theory works well for the time span of a century and the range of development embraced by Sweden and Tunisia, Denmark and Bulgaria, the U.S. and India. It shows that rich countries converge in types of health and welfare programs, in increasingly comprehensive convergence, and to a much lesser extent in methods of financing.

Keywords:   convergence theory, welfare-state development, corporatist theory, health programs, welfare programs, Sweden, Tunisia, Denmark, Bulgaria, U.S.

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