One World of Welfare: Japan in Comparative Perspective by ProQuest

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A country's level of economic development provides the financial means for paying for welfare policies and also facilitates political changes that give rise to such policies (i.e., mass participation in politics). Divergence theory includes an equally wide range of theories: the varieties of capitalism literature, Esping-Andersen's welfare regime typology, and the power resources theory (which explains divergent welfare policies in terms of the differential strength of organized labor).

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