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Gøsta Esping-Andersen

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199256433

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199256438.001.0001

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Towards the Good Society, Once Again?

Towards the Good Society, Once Again?

(p.1) 1 Towards the Good Society, Once Again?
Why We Need a New Welfare State

Gøsta Esping‐Andersen

Oxford University Press

This is an introductory chapter to the book, and it addresses the need for a new look at the welfare state in Europe. The different sections of the chapter are: The new welfare challenge; Emerging blueprints for reform; Towards a viable new European welfare architecture—the need for a more effective methodology, the principles of justice, welfare as social investment, and rethinking security in old age; The three welfare pillars —markets, families, and government; Similar challenges for different welfare regimes— the Scandinavian welfare model, the ‘liberal’ welfare model, and the continental European welfare model; From national regimes towards a European model; and Rewriting the social contract—a new family policy, a new gender contract, social inclusion through employment, the generational contract.

Keywords:   elderly, employment, Europe, families, family policy, gender, gender contract, generational contract, government, justice, markets, old age, reform, Scandinavia, security, social contract, social inclusion, social investment, social policy, welfare state

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