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Categorization as the Final Answer to the (European) Globalization and Welfare State Discourse

Mokarram, A.R. (2014) Categorization as the Final Answer to the (European) Globalization and Welfare State Discourse.

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Abstract:During the last decades scholars have sought to answer a critical question in both the scholarly and political world; what is the relation between globalization and the welfare state? This question is crucial for our understanding of what the role of the welfare state is in the new world order and in what direction the welfare state is moving. With this knowledge the welfare state can be steered into a preferred direction, a more civil and humane direction. During the last decades significant improvements have been made on the theory and methodology front in understanding this relation, yet no final answer could be given. Proponents of opposing hypothesis have failed to provide a coherent answer on either the theoretical or the empirical front. As a result, policy makers have been unable to extract any valid knowledge on the basis of which policies can be created to mitigate the forces of globalization. By applying a state-of-the-art methodology and a fundamentally new approach in understanding this relationship, this thesis has been able to give a final answer in the globalization and welfare state discourse. This answer serves a twofold goal. On the one hand it finalizes the current scholarly debate, whilst at the same time providing a workable conclusion for policy makers tasked with the crucial job of making the new world order a humane one.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:08 philosophy, 70 social sciences in general, 71 sociology
Programme:European Studies MSc (69303)
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