Patterns of Welfare Policies in Central and Eastern Europe
Chapter 3: Welfare systems in comparison – a theoretical framework
This chapter develops a theoretical framework for a comparative classificatory analysis of the emerging welfare model of the CEE countries in the European context. Based on a discussion of the main contemporary typologies of welfare states and their limits, a novel multi-dimensional framework for analysing welfare policy patterns consisting of organizational principles of welfare provision, policy emphasis and decommodifying potential is proposed. Furthermore, the chapter discusses whether contemporary welfare states (still) coincide with the ideal-typical welfare regimes as they have been postulated by the mainstream typologization approaches. Subsequently, the question of whether ideal-types or rather the real-world models of welfare are suitable as a frame of reference is explored. The chapter closes by developing hypotheses about the expected outcomes with regard to the emerging welfare models in the CEE countries
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