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After Austerity: Welfare State Transformation in Europe after the Great Recession

Peter Taylor-Gooby, Benjamin Leruth, and Heejung Chung


European welfare states are undergoing profound change, driven by globalisation, technical changes, and population ageing. More immediately the aftermath of the Great Recession and unprecedented levels of immigration have imposed additional pressures. This book examines welfare state transformations across a representative range of European countries and at the EU level, and considers likely new directions in social policy. It reviews the dominant neo-liberal austerity response and discusses social investment, fightback, welfare chauvinism and protectionism. It argues that the class solidariti ... More

Keywords: welfare state, social policy, Great Recession, Europe, austerity, new politics, social investment, protectionism, fightback, immigration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198790266
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198790266.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Taylor-Gooby, editor
Research Professor of Social Policy, University of Kent

Benjamin Leruth, editor
Research Associate, University of Kent

Heejung Chung, editor
Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy, University of Kent

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1 The Context

Peter Taylor-Gooby, Benjamin Leruth, and Heejung Chung

2 Stretching the Limits of Solidarity

Jan-Ocko Heuer and Steffen Mau

3 Where Next for the UK Welfare State?

Peter Taylor-Gooby, Benjamin Leruth, and Heejung Chung

4 France at a Crossroads

Benjamin Leruth

5 Changing Scandinavian Welfare States

Jørgen Goul Andersen, Mi Ah Schoyen, and Bjørn Hvinden

7 Spain and Italy

Ana M. Guillén and Emmanuele Pavolini

8 Welfare Reform in Greece

Maria Petmesidou

10 Liberalism, Social Investment, Protectionism, and Chauvinism

Peter Taylor-Gooby, Benjamin Leruth, and Heejung Chung

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