This article devotes itself to an examination of the substance of reform in European welfare states over the course of the last ten years.
Its objective is mainly empiraical, to compare how cash transfers in the 15 member states of the European Union as well as Norway have fared over the decade.
While the article is not theory-focused, consideration of some of the wider implications of the change process which is underway is a priority.
It is especially important to examine not only how the procedures and principles governing benefits have altered but whether and how chnage is systematically patterned across welfare states.
We shall observe that pensions, unemployment benefits, parental leave and payments for the care of ill, elderly and incapacitated people have been a main focus of policy activity.
As a story of both cut-backs and expansion suggests, simplistic notions of convergence or divergence are not adequate to capture what is happening.
The last part of the article considers how we might make our analytical frameworks equal to the richness of the reform process which is under way.
Mots-clés Pascal : Protection sociale, Europe, Norvège, Assurance maladie, Etude comparative, Communauté européenne
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Welfare aids, Europe, Norway, Health insurance, Comparative study, European community
Notice produite par :
ENSP - Ecole nationale de la santé publique (devenue EHESP)
Cote : 97/05 V
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 13/02/1998.