English title: Welfare regime, welfare pillar and southern Europe

Author(s): Christos Minas - David Jacobson - Efi Antoniou - Caroline McMullan -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2014


This paper uses a variety of methods of statistical cluster analysis to examine how EU countries (other than the new East European members) are grouped. Using the four dimensions, family, market vs state, religion and clientelism, the results of the analysis are that Southern European/Mediterranean (SE/M) countries form a distinct cluster that, both in its existence and in its difference from the conservative cluster, contradicts the notion of ‘three worlds of welfare capitalism’. In addition Ireland, though not geographically contiguous, falls into the SE/M grouping.

Volume: 24

Issue: 2

From page no: 135

To page no: 149

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1177/0958928713517917

Journal: Journal of European Social Policy

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