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The Welfare State in Europe: Economic and Social Perspectives

Pierre Pestieau and Mathieu Lefebvre


Although in Europe there continues to be a large degree of consensus that it is the responsibility of government to ensure that nobody who is poor, sick, disabled, unemployed or old is left deprived, there are mounting calls to roll back spending on the welfare state. Two main charges are raised: that it fails to achieve some of its main objectives, and that it is responsible for a decline in economic performance. Another charge is that it was conceived in a period very different from the present one and is not anymore adapted to the current realities. In this book, we intend to provide a bala ... More

Keywords: social protection, performance measure, active welfare state, social divide, political and financial sustainability, the limits of mean testing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198817055
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198817055.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pierre Pestieau, author
Professor of Economics, University of Liege

Mathieu Lefebvre, author
Associate Professor, University of Strasbourg