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Reconciling Work and Poverty ReductionHow Successful Are European Welfare States?$
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Bea Cantillon and Frank Vandenbroucke

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199926589

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199926589.001.0001

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The Reform Capacities of European Welfare States

The Reform Capacities of European Welfare States

(p.238) 8 The Reform Capacities of European Welfare States
Reconciling Work and Poverty Reduction

Anton Hemerijck

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This chapter focuses on the social investment paradigm and the ‘new politics’ of the welfare state. It is argued that, alongside serious retrenchments, there have been deliberate attempts to rebuild social programmes and institutions to accommodate for the new economic and social realities of the 21st century, roughly in line with social investment priorities, in the fields of family services, gender equality, employment policy, labour market regulation and human capital formation. The European welfare reform momentum of the past two decades is captured as a search for a new welfare state, which is incomplete and resulting from institutionally bounded and contingent adaptation to new social realities.

Keywords:   social investment, social policy, welfare state

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