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New Risks, New Welfare: The Transformation of the European Welfare State

Peter Taylor-Gooby


Modern welfare states developed primarily to meet the ‘old social risks’ that confront the mass of the population during a standard industrial life course – retirement pensions, health care services, sickness and disability provision. Most analysis of the current wave of reforms focusses on these areas, and tends to emphasise retrenchment, restructuring, and decommodification. This book deals with the ‘new social risks’ that have now emerged alongside old social risks from changes in family life and work patterns – needs for child and elder care, new rights for women in relation to paid work, ... More

Keywords: active labour market, child care, EU, Europe, health care, pensions, politics, post‐fordism, reform, retrenchment, social policy, social risks, unemployment, welfare state, work

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199267262
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/019926726X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Taylor-Gooby, editor
Professor of Social Policy University of Kent at Canterbury
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