Does a general theory of welfare institutions explain the expansion of social assistance in low and middle income countries?

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Abstract

What theory can help us to explain the expansion of social assistance in low
and middle income countries? Prevailing theories of welfare institutions, including
power resources and varieties of capitalism, were developed to study the welfare institutions that emerged among early industrialisers. The paper revisits these theories with a view to identifying elements of general applicability to the study of emerging social assistance in late industrialisers. Two hypotheses on the growth of social assistance are tested using panel data for 2000-2015 and a within between mixed estimation model. The results suggest a general theory of welfare institutions is capable of throwing light on emergent welfare institutions in low and
middle income countries, while highlighting important gaps.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBremen
PublisherSOCIUM
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)2629-5741
ISBN (Print)2629-5733
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameSOCIUM - SFB 1342 Working Papers
PublisherSOCIUM - University of Bremen

Keywords

  • Social policy
  • Social assistance
  • welfare institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute

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