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Social Policy Esping-Andersen Mause I 577f
Social Policy/Esping-Andersen: Terminology: Def Decommodification factor/Decommodification index: indicates the degree to which individuals or families can maintain a socially acceptable standard of living, regardless of market participation. (Esping-Andersen 1990, p.37 (1). See also Esping-Andersen 1999 (2).
It is therefore a question of protection against dependency.
The application of this indicator by Clare Bambra in 1998/99 showed a stronger protection against market forces in Northern Europe than in English speaking countries. (3)
Esping-Andersen's model is characterised by an expanded social services sector. The aim of state social policy is to ensure that all citizens, regardless of their employment status, receive the highest possible level of basic social security.
Mause I 579
VsEsping-Andersen: The three-part structure of social systems in different countries is criticized by Esping-Andersen. See Smith 2005. (4)

1. Esping-Andersen, Gøsta. 1990. The three worlds of welfare capitalism. Princeton 1990.
2. Esping-Andersen, Gøsta. Social foundations of postindustrial economies. Oxford 1999.
3. Bambra, Clare. 2006. Research note: Decommodification and the worlds of welfare revisited. Journal of European Social Policy 16 (1): 73– 80.
4. Manfred G. Schmidt, Sozialpolitik in Deutschland. Historische Entwicklung und internationaler Vergleich, 3. Aufl. Wiesbaden 2005

EconEsp I
Gøsta Esping-Andersen
The three worlds of welfare capitalism. Princeton Princeton 1990

Mause I
Karsten Mause
Christian Müller
Klaus Schubert,
Politik und Wirtschaft: Ein integratives Kompendium Wiesbaden 2018