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Welfare State Development in the context of European Integration and Economic Convergence: Situating Ireland withing the European Union Context

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O'Connor, Julia S (2003) Welfare State Development in the context of European Integration and Economic Convergence: Situating Ireland withing the European Union Context. Policy & Politics, 31 (3). pp. 223-240. [Journal article]

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DOI: 1470-8442

Abstract

Convergence towards the European Community average on key economic dimensions was the dominant objective of Ireland's entry into the Community in 1973 and is now central to the admission aspirations of the applicant countries. This article outlines key aspects of Ireland's economic convergence and the associated policy choices. It examines whether its welfare state is converging towards the European Union average in expenditure and selected distributional outcomes and discusses its welfare regime characterisation. The simultaneous processes of economic convergence and maintenance of traditional social policy patterns are identified, as are differences between the economic development and distributional roles of the state.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:welfare state, European Union, Ireland, Convergence, Openness of the economy
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
ID Code:14257
Deposited By:Professor Julia S O'Connor
Deposited On:22 Jun 2010 10:00
Last Modified:22 Jun 2010 10:00

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