Is there an extended family of Mediterranean welfare states?

John Gal*

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The goal of this article is to suggest that an extended family of Mediterranean welfare states exists and that it consists of eight different nations, some of which have been ignored in the ongoing discourse on Mediterranean welfare states. More specifically, it is claimed that the extended family of Mediterranean welfare states includes Cyprus, Greece, Israel, Italy, Malta, Spain, Portugal and Turkey. The article underscores a number of features common to members of this extended family of welfare states. Finally, three overarching themes that, in the past and present, appear to underlie the commonalities of Mediterranean welfare states and that can offer potential fruitful avenues for further study will be identified and discussed. These are religion, family and the role of clientelist-particularist relations in the structuring and functioning of welfare state institutions.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)283-300
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of European Social Policy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2010


  • Mediterranean
  • clientelism
  • family
  • religion
  • welfare state


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