Friday, July 23, 2004

Welfare and the like

This post by Chris Bertram over at CT is interesting for two reasons.  Although I can't really see the benefit in devising 'league tables' like this - their value is always going to be undermined by a certain amount of subjectivity - it is interesting to see how neatly it fits with Esping Andersen's typologies of welfare.  For those of you not familiar with his work, this link should provide a basic and brief introduction.

1 Sweden
2 Norway
3 Netherlands
4 Finland
5 Denmark
6 Germany
7 Luxembourg
8 France
9 Spain
10 Japan
11 Italy
12 Canada
13 Belgium
14 Australia
15 United Kingdom
16 Ireland
17 United States

Strange, isn't it?  Social Democratic states at the top, then the Corporatist, with the Liberal regimes propping up the table.

Probably more interesting, however, is how this kind of topic brings the crazies out of the woodwork (see the comments on Chris' post).

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