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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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Identifying the Skeleton of the Social Investment State

Identifying the Skeleton of the Social Investment State

Defining and Measuring Patterns of Social Policy Change on the Basis of Expenditure Data

(p.260) 9 Identifying the Skeleton of the Social Investment State
Reconciling Work and Poverty Reduction

Johan De Deken

Oxford University Press

In this chapter the possibilities and limitations of using expenditure data to measure ‘social investment’ are discussed. The analysis of expenditure data is an obvious choice for attempts to identify to what extent governments have adopted the agenda of an ‘activating ‘ and ‘enabling’ welfare state as well as to operationalize policies that can potentially account for cross-national differences in poverty trends. The chapter explores the possibilities and limits of operationalizing social investment policies on the basis of social expenditure data. It is shown that the use of expenditure data to map the skeleton of the social investment state is fraught with conceptual and methodological problems. The chapter comments on the spending data related to old and new social risks that are reported in the Appendix to the book.

Keywords:   social investment, social expenditure, old and new social risks

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