The Universal Decline of Universality? Social Policy Change in Canada, Denmark, Sweden and the United Kingdom
2014 (English)In: Social Policy & Administration, ISSN 0144-5596, E-ISSN 1467-9515, Vol. 48, no 7, 739-756 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The debate about the future of universal social programmes has been raging for years, both in social-democratic and in liberal welfare states. The objective of this article is to contribute to the literature on universality by analyzing the evolution of universal social programmes in two social-democratic and two liberal countries: Denmark, Sweden, Canada and the UK. This choice of countries provides the opportunity to investigate whether the principle and practice of universality has fared differently both within and between countries. The analysis focuses primarily on the national level while exploring three policy areas: pensions, healthcare and family policy, specifically child benefits and day care. The main conclusion of our comparative analysis is clear: among our two liberal and two social-democratic countries, the institutional strength of universality varies greatly from one policy area and one country to another. Considering this, there is no such a thing as a universal decline of universality.
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2014. Vol. 48, no 7, 739-756 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-214846DOI: 10.1111/spol.12064ISI: 000345575900002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-214846DiVA: diva2:685687