¿Trayectorias de reforma divergentes?los sistemas de bienestar de Alemania y el Sur de Europa hacia la postausteridad

  1. González Begega, Sergio 1
  2. Guillén, Ana M. 1
  1. 1 Universidad de Oviedo

    Universidad de Oviedo

    Oviedo, España

    ROR https://ror.org/006gksa02

Revista internacional de sociología

ISSN: 0034-9712

Year of publication: 2022

Volume: 80

Issue: 1

Type: Article

DOI: 10.3989/RIS. DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor

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The article is devoted to appraising welfare reform trajectories in Germany and the four Southern European countries: Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal. The analysis of institutional change addresses the transformation of social protection in the last two decades, including the periods before and after the 2008 economic and financial crisis. The research question is whether reform has resulted into an enhanced differentiation among welfare regimes and countries or not. The methodological approach is a theoretically informed comparative study. We assess the process and outcomes of institutional change in five social policy areas: pensions; unemployment protection; healthcare; reconciliation of work and family life and long-term care; and social exclusion; as well as social expenditure dynamics. We conclude that the reforms carried out during the austerity and post-austerity periods have resulted into further contrast between the German and Southern European varieties of welfare, as well as an enhanced differentiation within the latter.

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