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The Origins of Active Social PolicyLabour Market and Childcare Policies in a Comparative Perspective$
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Giuliano Bonoli

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199669769

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669769.001.0001

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Mapping Variation in Active Social Policies

Mapping Variation in Active Social Policies

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The Origins of Active Social Policy

Giuliano Bonoli

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an overview of active social policies across the OECD world. The policy areas covered are active labour market policy, childcare, and other policies that help parents reconcile work and family life (particularly parental leave). It relies mostly on quantitative evidence, provided by OECD spending data, and by other sources. It concludes with a picture of the extent of development of active social policies throughout Europe. Active social policies are most developed in the Nordic countries, but the UK and continental Europe have invested significantly in this field in recent years. Southern Europe, instead, seems to lag behind.

Keywords:   active social policy, activation, active labour market policy, childcare, parental leave

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