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The Politics of the New Welfare State$
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Giuliano Bonoli and David Natali

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199645244

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645244.001.0001

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The Politics of Old and New Social Policies

The Politics of Old and New Social Policies

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The Politics of the New Welfare State

Silja Häusermann

Oxford University Press

This chapter develops three arguments. First, in line with much of the recent literature, that policy reforms of the ‘new welfare state’ in Europe imply several dimensions of new and old social policy instruments. Second, that the conflict lines which divide supporters and opponents of these ‘old’ and ‘new’ reforms are cross-cutting, because ‘old’ and ‘new’ policies affect different social groups in different ways. And third, that the ensuing complexity and multidimensionality of reform politics in Europe make the ‘politics of the new welfare state’ contingent, variable and difficult to predict. Empirically, the chapter substantiates these three arguments with examples of continental family policy reforms.

Keywords:   welfare reform, new social policies, multidimensional reform, coalitions

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