This article seeks to enrich the current debates in the field of social policy on the welfare states classifications and their modifications. The debates reside in the fact that not all welfare states fit into the traditional welfare state typologies as that of Gøsta Esping- Andersen’s classification. Since the typology refers originally only to Western European state, with the conjuncture of the European Union enlargement and presence of other welfare types with different evolution, the need for reconsideration of the traditional approach appears. The article points to the main discussions on Western and Central, Eastern European welfare states. Moreover, it offers a more in depth analysis of the welfare state characteristics of Moldova and Romania. The main aim of research is to identify the place of Romania and Moldova in the context of Esping- Andersen’s welfare state typology.
Appears in: Central European University Political Science Journal, Vol. 2., No. 3.