Comparative Work in Social Policy Comparison Essay by Master Researcher

Comparative Work in Social Policy
A study of the relationship between social policy and comparative analysis.
# 36910 | 1,900 words | 8 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 23, 2003 in Sociology (General) , Political Science (General)

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This paper begins by defining the interdisciplinary nature of social policy and goes on to describe different approaches to comparing welfare states in the reviewed literature. Key concepts such as "welfare" are also defined in the paper. The writer explains how the comparative perspective is achieved by analyzing the development of welfare provision in welfare societies representing different types of welfare mix between state, market and civil society. The paper also identifies limitations in the theoretical approach of comparative studies and suggests ways to improve them.

From the Paper:

"Today, most welfare institutions are unable to handle the social problems they are expected to solve and it is necessary to find new, flexible and more adequate ways of organizing the provision of social protection of the vulnerable social groups. The fundamental basis for the legitimacy of the national welfare society has changed. In the search for new models of social protection the public welfare state has to be reassessed not only because of growing pressure on the funding of social welfare but the integration of vulnerable social groups into work and society (see European Commission 1994).
"Existing work on comparative welfare systems runs into theoretical problems for two important reasons. One major issue concerns the theoretical problems created in comparative studies by focusing upon the evolution of formal or stated policies in the countries being compared. This approach limits the findings because the emphasis on formal policies rarely reflects experiences of the individual citizens and may conceal significant differences in implementation of the policies and thereby in the level of social protection."

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