Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/59997
Authors: 
Schmitt, Carina
Obinger, Herbert
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
ZeS-Arbeitspapier 02/2012
Abstract: 
For many years, comparative welfare state research has been afflicted with a sort of methodological nationalism in the sense that countries were treated as independent units. In line with the recent spatial turn in comparative public policy studies, this paper examines with regard to three welfare state programmes whether, in the postwar period, the provision of social rights in 18 Western democracies was shaped by benefit generosity in other countries. We show that diffusion is present but varies by programme and over time. Rather surprisingly, we find that policy diffusion was particularly relevant during the Golden Age.
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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