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Author: Ben Fine
An index of the systemic nature of the current crisis is the weaknesses of intellectual responses to the crisis and the inability to offer convincing or viable remedies. These weak alternatives have swung between looking backwards to a Keynesian/interventionist renewal, and inventing alternative monikers for contemporary capitalism. This paper examines critically what has been one of the most successful intellectual contributions to the neoliberal period, Esping-Andersen’s Welfare Regimes Approach (WRA) to comparative social policy. The paper shows that the WRA has deep roots within the conditions of the post-war boom and, as a consequence, was already well past its "use by date" when it emerged in the 1990s. The paper offers an alternative in terms of a marriage between the developmental welfare state and (public sector) system of provision approaches. More specifically, it argues that understanding of, and proposals for, social policy need to situate it in a broader developmental context.