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1999, Hall & Soskice 2001 and many others; for overviews, see Castels 2004, Giddens, 28 Social entitlements and the institutionalisation of welfare arrangements 29 Diamond & Liddle 2006, Clasen & Siegel 2007 and Alber & Gilbert 2010). Some have viewed the changes as a response to a generalised crisis of the ‘post-war settlement’ of the welfare states that came to typify the different European polities and economies. Slower growth, increased global competition, demographic shifts and a decline in manufacturing capacity have all been invoked as either core components or exacerbating factors underlying this crisis.

This type of provision, again in principle, treats all citizens as equal and assumes equal access, and so from the point of provision more or less creates a category of citizen. However, it needs to be recognised that, depending on economic development and growth and on decisions about the extent to which societal resources are made available, societal resources for generalised provision are always limited. Free provision of universal education, accompanied by free provision of selective education is therefore an example of a historically moving ‘civic stratification’.

There are, secondly, other activities in the life course that can, given the institutional definition of acquisition of rights over these resources, use the accumulated resources, either as monetary transfers, as in the case of pensions or as services, as in the case of provided care. Chapter 4 introduces the concept of ecology of life course in a society. This concept constitutes the final conceptual building block of our Introduction and overview: Capitalist welfare societies 27 framework, because it assembles the totality of the life courses of the residents of a given society, in combination with their inscription in the various economic modes.

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