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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 Governance of Economic Uncertainty

The Governance of Economic Uncertainty

Beyond the ‘New Social Risks’ Analysis

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(p.45) 3 The Governance of Economic Uncertainty
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The Politics of the New Welfare State
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Colin Crouch

Maarten Keune

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645244.003.0003

Since the early 2000s, the ‘new social risks’ approach has shifted the focus in welfare analysis from ‘old social risks’ to the ‘new social risks’ related to recent changes in the labour market and family structures. This approach captures a number of important changes in contemporary societies. However, it fails to capture fully the fact that European economies confront a wide range of contradictory pressures to cope with increased levels of uncertainty, while also responding to their populations' demands for security and social cohesion. Industrial relations, employment laws and policies and social policies are confronted with new challenges and brought into a new relationship to each other. This chapter presents a new framework to examine these changing relationships. This chapter argues that economic security is governed by the way in which public and private policymakers redistribute uncertainty through various modes of governance across time, place and categories of person.

Keywords:   new social risks, governance, uncertainty, segmentation, managerial strategies

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