In a comparative framework, the paper uses a recently observed shift away from cash transfers and towards the provision of
rehabilitation services to identify barriers to welfare policy reform. The analysis relies on the assumption that some European
welfare regimes have a similar initial structure but may differ in their speed of adaptation to the challenges posed by external
shocks. A detailed comparison of fast moving and slow moving countries allows us to identify some of the barriers to change.
Throughout the analysis, we focus on provisions for people with disabilities, where the above shift has been observed, and
with much variation across member countries. Comparing policy developments in Finland, Norway, and Sweden in the past twenty
years we identify fiscal constraints, historical commitment to equal rights, policy making capacity, and centralisation as
important drivers of change. While some of these factors are beyond the control of policy makers, some can be strengthened
by governments wishing to improve the long-term performance of the welfare system.
Forschungsbereich:Arbeitsmarkt, Einkommen und soziale Sicherheit