Common origins, different paths: adaptation and change in social security in Britain and Ireland

Daly, Mary and Yeates, Nicola (2003). Common origins, different paths: adaptation and change in social security in Britain and Ireland. Policy and Politics, 31(1) pp. 85–97.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1332/030557303321095752

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Abstract

This article compares social security in the British and Irish welfare states. Laying emphasis on both historical origins and contemporary reforms, it develops and applies a comparative framework that brings together structural, political and ideological factors. The article outlines how two social security systems compare as regards principles, institutional features and political characteristics. It then goes on to identify the main reforms and their significance for the characteristics of each of the two models and the cross-national comparison. The analysis reveals that different factors are driving developments in both countries and that, despite common origins and some contemporary similarities, the two social security systems are moving in different directions.

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