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Does democracy mean greater accountability and less corruption? Is press freedom a prerequisite for economic development? Should religious fundamentalists have a greater voice in government?

Comparative politics students will benefit from CQ Researcher's award-winning, non-partisan reporting that looks at today's most important problems, ranging from democratization and regime change to policies on immigration, welfare, and religion. Each essay identifies key players, explores what's at stake, and shows how past and current developments impact the future. Reports include maps, charts, a chronology, and a yes/no feature box.

Social Welfare in Europe
Social welfare in Europe
SarahGlazer
Protesters in London oppose cuts in welfare benefits on April 10, 2010. Generous benefits across Europe are likely to be cut as governments attempt to deal with the economic crisis, which threatens the integrity of the euro. Britain is considering delaying retirement to age 70. The new Conservative-led coalition government has also pointed a finger at the welfare benefits paid for disability, unemployment and housing.

Gema Díaz, 34, counted on a range of benefits to supplement her relatively low salary when she took a job as a purchasing agent with the city of Madrid. Now, as Spain initiates a fiscal austerity campaign, she is seeing those benefits eaten away. Her $2,000 a month salary, like those of all public ...

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