The Uses of Social Investment

The Uses of Social Investment

Anton Hemerijck

Print publication date: 2017

ISBN: 9780198790488

Publisher: Oxford University Press


The Uses of Social Investment surveys the emergence, diffusion, limits, merits, and politics of social investment as the welfare policy paradigm for the twenty-first century seen through the lens of the life-course contingencies of the knowledge economy and modern familyhood. Over a span of thirty-five contributions, The Uses of Social Investment revisits the intellectual roots, surveys the evidence of social investment progress in theory and practice, and looks at research methodology and normative philosophy. In addition, the volume also reviews the criticisms that have been levelled against the social investment perspective in the academic literature. In light of the progressive, and admittedly uneven, diffusion of the social investment policy priorities across all parts of the globe, many contributions address the pressing political question of whether the social investment turn will be able to withstand the fiscal austerity backlash that has re-emerged in the low growth aftermath of the recent global financial crisis.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction

Part 2 Limits to Social Investment

2 Social Investment

Brian Nolan

3 ‘Social Investment’

Jean-Claude Barbier

5 Social Investment and the Matthew Effect

Giuliano Bonoli, Bea Cantillon, and Wim Van Lancker

Part 3 Social Investment Endowment and Extensions

7 Enabling Social Policy

Lane Kenworthy

12 Capacitating Services and the Bottom-Up Approach to Social Investment

Charles Sabel, Jonathan Zeitlin, and Sigrid Quack

Part 4 Social Investment Assessment: Conceptualization and Methods

Part 5 Comparative Social Investment Experience

22 Ireland

Rory O’Donnell and Damian Thomas

24 A Social Investment Turn in East Asia?

Timo Fleckenstein and Soohyun Christine Lee

25 Social Investment in Latin America

Johan Sandberg and Moira Nelson

26 Why No Social Investment in Italy

Yuri Kazepov and Costanzo Ranci

Part 6 EU Social Investment Advocacy

27 Social Investment for a Cohesive and Competitive European Union

Evelyn Astor, Lieve Fransen, and Marc Vothknecht

30 Accelerator or Brake?

Maurizio Ferrera

Part 7 The Politics of Social Investment

31 The Politics of Social Investment

Silja Häusermann and Bruno Palier

Part 8 Conclusion

End Matter