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The changing face of welfareConsequences and outcomes from a citizenship perspective$
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Jorgen Goul Andersen, Anne-Marie Guillemard, Per H. Jensen, and Birgit Pfau-Effinger

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345929

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345929.001.0001

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Which way for the European social model: minimum standards or social quality?

Which way for the European social model: minimum standards or social quality?

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(p.33) Three Which way for the European social model: minimum standards or social quality?
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The changing face of welfare
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Alan Walker

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861345929.003.0003

This chapter catalogues briefly the key challenges to welfare in Europe. It assesses the current stage of development of social policy at the European level, which is characterised as convergence towards the minima – the lowest common social minimum. The chapter argues that what we understand by the European social model is in jeopardy and, while there are some positive aspects of European social policies that could be built on in a progressive way, Europe lacks the common vision necessary to create a social model which maximises inclusion. Finally, it summarizes the progress of the social-quality school of thought, which is attempting to create a normative and empirical rationale for a Europe that aims for quality citizenship rather than minimum standards.

Keywords:   Europe, welfare, social policy, social inclusion, quality citizenship

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