Origins of Active Social Policy: Labour Market and Childcare Polices in a Comparative Perspective

Hardcover | April 24, 2013

byGiuliano Bonoli

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Since the mid-1990s European welfare states have undergone a major transformation. Relative to the post-war years, today they put less emphasis on income protection and more on the promotion of labour market participation. This book investigates this transformation by focusing on two fields ofsocial policy: active labour market policy and childcare. Throughout Europe, governments have invested massively in these two areas. The result, a more active welfare state, seems a rather solid achievement, likely to survive the turbulent post-crisis years. Why? Case studies of policy trajectories in seven European countries and advanced statistical analysis of spending figures suggest that the shift towards an active social policy is only in part a response to a changed economic environment. Political competition, and particularly the extent to whichactive social policy can be used for credit claiming purposes, help us understand the peculiar cross-national pattern of social policy reorientation. This book, by trying to understand the shift towards an active welfare state, provides also an update of political science theories of social policymaking.

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Since the mid-1990s European welfare states have undergone a major transformation. Relative to the post-war years, today they put less emphasis on income protection and more on the promotion of labour market participation. This book investigates this transformation by focusing on two fields ofsocial policy: active labour market policy ...

Giuliano Bonoli previously worked at the Universities of Fribourg and Bern in Switzerland, and at the University of Bath in Britain. He received his PhD at the University of Kent at Canterbury for a study on pension reform in Europe. He has been involved in several national and international research projects on various aspects of soc...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pagesPublished:April 24, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199669767

ISBN - 13:9780199669769

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AcknowledgmentsList of FiguresList of Tables1. Introduction2. Defining active social policy3. Mapping variation in active social policies4. Explaining the emergence of active social policy5. Active labour market policies in a comparative perspective6. Childcare policy in a comparative perspective7. Quantitative evidence: the determinants of public spending on active labour market policy and childcare8. The origins of active social policyIndex