The Social Construction of an Imperative: Why Welfare Reform Happened in Denmark and the Netherlands but Not in Germany

@article{Cox2001TheSC,
  title={The Social Construction of an Imperative: Why Welfare Reform Happened in Denmark and the Netherlands but Not in Germany},
  author={Robert Henry Cox},
  journal={World Politics},
  year={2001},
  volume={53},
  pages={463 - 498}
}
  • R. Cox
  • Published 1 April 2001
  • Economics, Medicine
  • World Politics
This article seeks to explain why Denmark and the Netherlands made dramatic progress reforming their welfare systems in the 1990s and why Germany had a relatively slow start. Some possible explanations found to be incomplete are institutional differences in welfare programs, the uniqueness of circumstances (for example, German unification), and the balance of political power in governing institutions. An important part of the puzzle is an increasing perception of the need to reform that was… 
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