AIAS Lunch Seminar 22 juli - Stefan Thewissen - Utrecht University School of Governance & Heejung Chung - AIAS

Same Question, Similar Responses? A Comparison of the Social and Unemployment Crisis Response Policies in Germany, the UK, and Sweden


This paper seeks to understand the choices in social and unemployment policies of governments in reaction to the current economic crisis. It could be expected that, since the problems faced in each country were essentially equal, the responses would likewise be similar. However, according to the path dependence theory, we should expect different policy responses, based on different institutional legacies. We compare the short-term reactionary policies of three different welfare regime ideal types of Esping-Andersen’s typology, namely, Germany, the UK, and Sweden. For our analysis, we use comparable data from various European and national data sources. Our study shows that although the problems caused by the crisis were essentially equal, the countries adopted remarkably different social and unemployment reactionary strategies. In addition, these differences can be understood by the different institutional legacies of the three countries. This provides support for the path dependence theory and Esping-Andersen’s typology in particular.

Dag: Donderdag 22 juli
Tijd: 12.15 – 13.15 uur.
Locatie: AIAS, 3e verdieping gebouw M, Plantage Muidergracht 12
Inschrijven: Stuur ons een e-mail vóór woensdag 21 juli 12.00.
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