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The Uses of Social Investment

Anton Hemerijck


The Uses of Social Investment surveys the emergence, diffusion, limits, merits, and politics of social investment as the welfare policy paradigm for the twenty-first century seen through the lens of the life-course contingencies of the knowledge economy and modern familyhood. Over a span of thirty-five contributions, The Uses of Social Investment revisits the intellectual roots, surveys the evidence of social investment progress in theory and practice, and looks at research methodology and normative philosophy. In addition, the volume also reviews the criticisms that have been levelled against ... More

Keywords: financial crisis, knowledge economy, social investment, welfare policy, financial austerity

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198790488
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198790488.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anton Hemerijck, editor
Professor of Political Science, European University Institute, Florence, and Centennial Professor of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science

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Part 1 Introduction

Part 2 Limits to Social Investment

2 Social Investment

Brian Nolan

3 ‘Social Investment’

Jean-Claude Barbier

5 Social Investment and the Matthew Effect

Giuliano Bonoli, Bea Cantillon, and Wim Van Lancker

Part 3 Social Investment Endowment and Extensions

7 Enabling Social Policy

Lane Kenworthy

12 Capacitating Services and the Bottom-Up Approach to Social Investment

Charles Sabel, Jonathan Zeitlin, and Sigrid Quack

Part 4 Social Investment Assessment: Conceptualization and Methods

Part 5 Comparative Social Investment Experience

22 Ireland

Rory O’Donnell and Damian Thomas

24 A Social Investment Turn in East Asia?

Timo Fleckenstein and Soohyun Christine Lee

25 Social Investment in Latin America

Johan Sandberg and Moira Nelson

26 Why No Social Investment in Italy

Yuri Kazepov and Costanzo Ranci

Part 6 EU Social Investment Advocacy

27 Social Investment for a Cohesive and Competitive European Union

Evelyn Astor, Lieve Fransen, and Marc Vothknecht

30 Accelerator or Brake?

Maurizio Ferrera

Part 7 The Politics of Social Investment

31 The Politics of Social Investment

Silja Häusermann and Bruno Palier

Part 8 Conclusion

End Matter