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Worlds of welfare and the health care discrepancy

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Clare BambraORCiD


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The nature of welfare regimes has been an ongoing debate within the comparative social policy literature since the publication of Esping-Andersen's ‘Three Worlds of Welfare’ (1990). This article draws upon recent developments within this debate, most notably Kasza's assertions about the ‘illusory nature’ of welfare regimes, to highlight the health care discrepancy. It argues that health care provision has been a notable omission from the wider regimes literature and one which, if included in the form of a health care decommodification typology, can give credence to Kasza's perspective by highlighting the diverse internal arrangements of welfare states and welfare state regimes.

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Author(s): Bambra C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Social Policy and Society

Year: 2005

Volume: 4

Issue: 1

Pages: 31-41

Print publication date: 01/01/2005

Online publication date: 01/01/2005

ISSN (print): 1474-7464

ISSN (electronic): 1475-3073

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


DOI: 10.1017/S1474746404002143


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