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New Risks, New WelfareThe Transformation of the European Welfare State$
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Peter Taylor-Gooby

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199267262

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/019926726X.001.0001

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New Risks and Social Change

New Risks and Social Change

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New Risks, New Welfare

Peter Taylor-Gooby (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

New social risks have emerged in relation to work‐life balance and securing a position in a more flexible labour market across Europe. Policy responses often involve the aspiration of ‘transforming vice into virtue’ by reducing welfare state spending and at the same time increasing productivity. This is to be achieved by childcare and elder‐care policies and active labour market polices that get more women and unemployed people into paid work. It is difficult for governments and other policy actors to find large groups of voters who support these policies and reform typically involves compromise. However, the new social risk analysis is a corrective to the typical retrenchment analysis of old social risks such as pensions.

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

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