Exploratory Measuring the Welfare State Change

복지국가의 변화 측정을 위한 새로운 시도

  • Received : 2009.09.01
  • Accepted : 2009.09.30
  • Published : 2010.02.28


This paper offers an alternative approach to measure the welfare state change by using fuzzy-set methodology. The fuzzy-set method is particularly useful for assessing change across a limited number of cases, and that it can help to translate interval fuzzy membership scores into verbal qualifiers. Applying the measurement of welfare state change, four sets(accessibility, generosity, activation, state's care responsibility) in two dimensions(old and new social risks) have been identified, which reflect theoretical importance. The analysis sets out fuzzy membership scores for 12 OECD countries in the 16 possible welfare state ideal types. This paper found that each country has its own strategies to deal with the changes, however, the changes are not dramatic or a qualitative one. This does not mean that there are no changes, but that are no paradigm shifts or path breaking in the welfare state changes.


welfare state;dependent variable problem;social policy;OECD countries;fuzzy set;fuzzy set methodology