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Title: The three worlds of welfare and the Greek welfare state : an analysis of the extent to which Esping-Andersen's welfare state classification model can be used to classify the Greek welfare state
Author: Zwergius, V.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2001
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This thesis is about comparative social policy. In particular it assesses the capacity of Esping-Andersen's (1995) typology to accommodate the Greek welfare state. The study has four main aims: to make public as comprehensive an account of the Greek welfare state as possible; to establish, based on empirical evidence. If Esping-Andersen's typology can be used to classify and define the Greek welfare state; to publish a working definition of the Greek welfare state based on my research findings and to consider the pre-requisite for the successful inclusion of complex welfare states like Greece in future attempts at classification models. The study adduces original data gathered by the use of qualitative research methods. To place Esping-Andersen's typology in its context the following concepts are analyzed in the study: the welfare state; the difficulties connected to finding one comprehensive definition of a welfare state doing justice to the diversity found among welfare studies; and finally how such difficulties have led to the use of the welfare state typology as a means to classify, compare and define welfare states. Following this exposition Esping-Andersen's model is analyzed and the reasons why it is important to test the extent to which it can be used to define the Greek welfare state explored. The study proceeds to provide a detailed account of both the formal and informal workings of the Greek welfare state which enables the application of the model to Greece. This leads to a discussion of the nature and definition of the Greek welfare state which includes an analysis of the application of Esping-Andersen's model as well as other typological efforts to define Greece. The study concludes with a definition of the Greek welfare state which draws attention to institutions that must be part of future typological effort to include Greece.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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