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Towards A Social Investment Welfare State?Ideas, Policies and Challenges$
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Nathalie Morel, Bruno Palier, and Joakim Palme

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847429247

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847429247.001.0001

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Towards social investment? Patterns of public policy in the OECD world

Towards social investment? Patterns of public policy in the OECD world

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Towards A Social Investment Welfare State?

Rita Nikolai

Policy Press

This chapter analyses the extent to which the social investment perspective finds its expression in the social expenditure profile of the OECD member states. It traces the development of public social expenditure using disaggregated programme expenditure data in 21 OECD member states from 1980 to 2007. By distinguishing between investment and compensatory social spending, the analysis outlines four worlds of spending profiles. In this way, it draws out the diversity in the approaches pursued in different countries and also considers the extent to which one can observe a convergence in welfare policy.

Keywords:   social expenditure, disaggregated programme expenditure, spending priorities, social investment, investment-related expenditure, compensatory social expenditure, welfare policy convergence

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