Governance is now a major topic in political science. However, it has rarely been discussed with respect to social policy or welfare state reform. In this book the concept of governance is used as a tool to analyse the outgoing variety of the welfare mix as well as shifting responsibilities and modes of interaction. In the empirical studies on various welfare sectors (health, labour market, pensions, education) the authors compare both the different processes of reform (politics) and the change of policies in different welfare state regimes. They question if the change of regulatory structures results in growing convergence or ongoing divergence of welfare states.