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Welfare Policies in the UNECE Region

Why so Different?

  • Author: UN, ECE
  • Publication date: February 2007
  • Page count: 16
  • Language(s) in this book: English
  • Sales number: 06.II.E.13

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This paper discusses why the UNECE countries have chosen rather different models of welfare state and, more generally, alternative policies to fight poverty. In particular, the paper focuses upon why the American welfare system is less generous than the typical European one, emphasizing the causes and implications of these differences. It also explores variations in welfare policies within western European countries by comparing their effectiveness, successes and failures.