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Globalization and the welfare state

Robin Stryker (Department of Sociology and College of Law, University of Iowa)

International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

ISSN: 0144-333X

Article publication date: 1 March 1998


Introduces a special issue on globalization and the welfare state. Asserts that economic globalization constrains national economic and social policy far more now than ever before, although the level of international trade has not increased that much compared to levels at the beginning of this century. Talks about the political consequences of economic globalization, particularly welfare state retrenchment in the advanced capitalist world. Outlines the papers included in this issue – comparing welfare system changes in Sweden, the UK and the USA; urban bias in state policy‐making in Mexico; and the developing of the Israeli welfare state. Concludes that economic globalization has a limited effect in shaping social welfare policy in advanced capitalist countries; nevertheless, recommends further research into which aspects of economic globalization shape social welfare policy.



Stryker, R. (1998), "Globalization and the welfare state", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 18 No. 2/3/4, pp. 1-49.




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