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Why We Need a New Welfare State

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ISBN13: 9780199256426
ISBN: 019925642X
Published: October 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback
Price: £112.50



Leading scholars in the field examine the highly topical issue of the future of the welfare state in Europe. They argue that welfare states need to adjust, and examine which kind of welfare architecture will further Europe's stated goal of maximum social inclusion and justice. The volume concentrates on four principal social policy domains; the aged and transition to retirement; the welfare issues related to profound changes in working life; the new risks and needs that arise in households and, especially, in child families; and the challenges of creating gender equality. The volume aims to promote a better understanding of the key welfare issues that will have to be faced in the coming decades. It also warns against the all-too-frequent recourse to patent policy solutions that have all to often characterized contemporary debate. It intends to move the policy debate from it often frustrating vague and generic level towards greater specificity and nuance.

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Contents:
Foreword; 1. Towards the Good Society, Once Again?; 2. A Child Centred Social Investment Strategy; 3. A New Gender Contract; 4. The Quality of Working Life in Welfare Strategy; 5. A New Social Contract for the Elderly; 6. The Self-Transformation of the European Social Models