Use this URL to cite or link to this record in EThOS:
Title: Welfare theorising in developing country contexts an application of regime and path dependence theory to CARICOM with emphasis on formal social protection in Barbados and Jamaica
Author: Griffith, Alana Dione Devina
ISNI:       0000 0004 2743 5485
Awarding Body: University of Kent
Current Institution: University of Kent
Date of Award: 2011
Availability of Full Text:
Access from EThOS:
Recent comparative research on welfare systems in developing country contexts has omitted micro states like those in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). This dissertation addresses this gap and makes contributions to the literature through the use of two different research techniques. First, a macro-quantitative comparison laying a foundation for regime theorising and second, a micro-qualitative comparison as a means of understanding the evolution of these welfare systems over time and whether this evolution occurs in a path dependent manner. In the spirit of existing comparative welfare state theorising the research uses cluster analysis. This is combined with discriminant analysis to ascertain whether the countries are homogeneous enough to form groups and to determine whether these groups are heterogeneous and can be considered separate and distinct from each other and which variables were significant in determining the cluster patterns observed. It compares the results of these tests at a ten year interval to assess the stability of the clustering pattern over time. A Wilcoxon T test is performed on the variables used in the cluster analysis to identify whether there were any significant changes in the variables between the two years. This is followed by comparative case studies conducted on the oldest formal social protection systems for two CARICOM members - Barbados and Jamaica - to provide greater insight into their development over time and whether a thesis of path dependence was applicable to their development. While the cluster and discriminant analyses were centred around 1997 and 2007 when suitable data were available, the historical analysis of the case studies concentrates on the 1960s - 2007 when formal social protection was instituted. The historical analysis also addresses antecedent conditions to formal social protection much of which coincided with colonialism.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available