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Reconceptualizing Development in the Global Information Age$
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Manuel Castells and Pekka Himanen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198716082

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716082.001.0001

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Toward the Welfare State 2.0? The Crisis and Renewal of the European Welfare State

Toward the Welfare State 2.0? The Crisis and Renewal of the European Welfare State

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(p.89) Chapter 4 Toward the Welfare State 2.0? The Crisis and Renewal of the European Welfare State
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Reconceptualizing Development in the Global Information Age
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Manuel Castells

Isidora Chacon

Pekka Himanen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716082.003.0005

European societies have traditionally founded their social cohesion on well development welfare states, covering the basic needs of their citizens. However, the financial crisis of 2008 has led to a fiscal crisis that is calling into question the sustainability of the welfare state. Yet, the role of the welfare state in creating human resources for enhanced productivity in a knowledge economy requires in fact a more developed and efficient welfare state. On the condition of being a more productive and less bureaucratic welfare state. What is needed is a Welfare State 2.0, an informational welfare state that would take advantage of the opportunities for improvement offered by new information technologies in areas such as health, education, and e-government. The chapter examines empirically the advances towards that end in the European Union and identifies the social and institutional obstacles for the reform of the welfare state.

Keywords:   European Union, welfare state, economic crisis, informationalism, productivity, bureaucratic institutions, wellbeing society

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