Is there a European welfare model distinct from the US model?
This chapter compares types of welfare states, in order to determine whether such a thing exists as a ‘European welfare state model’ distinct from the US model.
Comparisons are made from a geographical and a time perspective. First, to ﬁnd out whether differences between Europe and the US are larger or more signiﬁcant than differences between European states (or between US states). Second, to ﬁnd answers to the question of whether over time, different models converge or behave independently.