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Welfare State ChangeTowards a Third Way?$
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Jane Lewis and Rebecca Surender

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199266722

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199266727.001.0001

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Modernizing the State: A New Style of Governance?

Modernizing the State: A New Style of Governance?

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(p.69) 4 Modernizing the State: A New Style of Governance?
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Welfare State Change
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Janet Newman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199266727.003.0004

Examines the social policies associated with 'third ways' in European social democracy. It focuses on the Third Way in terms of discourse (e.g. a rhetoric of reconciliation), values (e.g. solidarity, equity), and policy goals and mechanisms (e.g. maximizing employment; containing public spending and strengthening the social investment component of welfare states). Our main conclusion is that the current position is best represented by one-third way with several variants, and that there is greater similarity on the level of policy content than on values or discourse.

Keywords:   employment, European social democracy, policy goals, policy mechanisms, public spending, social investment, social policy, Third Way, discourse, values

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