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Regional integration and welfare-state convergence in Europe

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Professor Beckfield discusses whether the welfare state convergence is really taking place, or it is just regional integration, especially in the European context. The contemporary institutionalization of a transnational regional political economy in Europe raises questions about the role of regional integration in the convergence of European welfare states. To date, sociological work has emphasized processes of industrialization and globalization as the social changes that may drive increasing similarity among welfare states. Building on neoinstitutionalist theory and the Europeanization literature, we develop the argument that regional integration drives welfare-state convergence by generating, diffusing, and enforcing the adoption of policy scripts concerning "appropriate" European so Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

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regional integration | welfare state | social policy | globalisation | the European Union | welfare state convergence | regional integration | welfare state | social policy | globalisation | the European Union | welfare state convergence | 2011-06-06

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