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The Origins of Active Social Policy: Labour Market and Childcare Policies in a Comparative Perspective

Giuliano Bonoli


Since the mid-1990s European welfare states have undergone a major transformation. Relative to the post-war years, today they put less emphasis on income protection and more on the promotion of labour market participation. This book investigates this transformation by focusing on two fields of social policy: active labour market policy and childcare. Throughout Europe, governments have invested massively in these two areas. The result, a more active welfare state, seems a rather solid achievement, likely to survive the turbulent post-crisis years. Why? Case studies of policy trajectories in se ... More

Keywords: welfare state, active social policy, recalibration, activation, active labour market policy, childcare

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199669769
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669769.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Giuliano Bonoli, author
Professor of Social Policy, Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP)