New Risks, New Welfare: The Transformation of the European Welfare State
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New Risks, New Welfare: The Transformation of the European Welfare State

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Peter Taylor-Gooby
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This book, based on brand new data from a major study and long-standing collaboration between a number of prominent European scholars, provides a fresh perspective on the future of the welfare state across the EU. Through detailed case-study analysis, it analyses the emergence of new social risks alongside traditional needs.
1. New Risks and Social Change; 2. New Risks in a Conservative Welfare State: The Case of Germany; 3. France: A New World of Welfare for New Social Risks?; 4. New Risks - Are They Still New for the Nordic Welfare States?; 5. The UK: A Test-Case of a Liberal Welfare State; 6. Spain's Response to New Risks: A Farewell to 'Superwomen'; 7. Switzerland: Negotiating a new Welfare State in a Fragmented Political System; 8. New Risks at the EU level: A Spill-over from Open Market Policies?; 9. New Social Risks and Welfare States: New Paradigm and New Politics
This book introduces the concept of new social risks in welfare state studies and explains their relevance to the comparative understanding of social policy in Europe. New social risks arise from shifts in the balance of work and family life as a direct result of the declining importance ofthe male breadwinner family, changes in the labor market, and the impact of globalization on national policy-making. They differ from the old social risks of the standard industrial life-course, which were concerned primarily with interruptions to income from sickness, unemployment, retirement, andsimilar issues. New social risks pose new challenges for the welfare policies of European countries, such as the care of children and the elderly, more equal opportunities, the activation of labor markets and the management of needs that arise from welfare state reform, and new opportunities for thecoordination of policies at the EU level. The book includes detailed and up-to-date case studies of policy development across these areas in the major European countries. These studies, written by leading experts, are organized in a comparative framework which is followed throughout the book. They highlight the way in which nationalwelfare state regimes and institutional arrangements shape policy-making to meet new social risks. A major feature of this volume is the analysis of developments at the EU level and their interaction with national policies. The EU has been largely unsuccessful in its interventions in old social risk policy, but appears to have more success in its attempts to coordinate policy for new socialrisks. Experience here may provide lessons for future developmentsin EU policy-making. The comparative framework of the book seeks to inform an understanding of the development of new social risks in Europe and of the particular political opportunities and challenges that result. It provides an original analysis of pressing issues at