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By Klaus Schubert, Paloma de Villota, Johanna Kuhlmann

This publication offers the 1st entire analyses of the demanding situations all eu welfare structures were dealing with because 2007, combining in-depth country-based experiences and comparative chapters. It makes a speciality of: 1) the industrial and monetary predicament, 2) demographic swap, and three) the stability among averting hazards and establishing up possibilities in social coverage. the implications exhibit that eu welfare structures are likely to face an analogous demanding situations in several methods and that still their responses to these demanding situations fluctuate significantly. even if the european additionally performs an element in shaping nationwide welfare platforms, it turns into glaring that ecu welfare structures are under no circumstances converging: when it comes to social coverage, nationwide variety inside Europe continues to be a significant component that might form destiny advancements in eu welfare systems.

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Or, it might allow for innovation in single provinces which then might have the potential to diffuse across the country. There are examples for both developments in the past. In the more recent past, conflicting lines between the national level and the provincial levels often have been stronger than those between political parties on the national level. Treaties of state-provinces have therefore commonly been used to resolve problems arising from this split and to agree on reform plans. In what follows, major welfare reforms and reform debates in the 2007–2013 period will be discussed for selected welfare state sectors.

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