Unemployment Benefits: Discursive Convergence, Distant Realities

This chapter has two goals: the first is to conduct a comparative analysis of the compulsory and contributory unemployment protection systems in four countries (Spain, Italy, Argentina and Uruguay) participating in the INCASI project: What are their similarities and differences?; the second aim is to analyse the trends in the reforms of the unemployment benefit systems. To do so we ask: Despite the differences between countries, are there common trends in the reform policy?