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Towards A Social Investment Welfare State?: Ideas, Policies and Challenges

Nathalie Morel, Bruno Palier, and Joakim Palme


Since the late 1990s, new ideas and strategies concerning the role and shape of the Welfare State have been formulated. All these analyses and policy developments point towards a similar policy logic based on ‘social investment’. The aim of this book is to map out the contours of this new perspective, both at the ideational level and in terms of the policies implemented throughout Europe. The book also aims at assessing the achievements, as well as the shortcomings, of this strategy. In doing so it provides a critical analysis of the content and coherence of the social investment ideas and pol ... More

Keywords: social investment, social policy, economic policy paradigms, knowledge-based economy, human capital, welfare state change, European social agenda, Lisbon Strategy, financial crisis, sustainable development

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781847429247
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847429247.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nathalie Morel, editor

Bruno Palier, editor

Joakim Palme, editor

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One Beyond the welfare state as we knew it?

Nathalie Morel, Bruno Palier, and Joakim Palme

Part I Towards a new social policy paradigm

Part II Mapping the development of social investment policies

Part III Assessing the social investment policies

Part IV Meeting the challenges ahead?

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