EU Social Policy and National Welfare State Reform

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This chapter analyses the modes of governance through which the EU influences social policies of member states. I argue that, because the EU influences public policy, welfare state scholars should consider EU-level policy and governance in their analyses. The EU’s welfare states – although institutionalised in diverse configurations (Korpi and Palme, 1998; Esping-Andersen, 1990) – provide protection to their citizens against social contingencies, such as ageing, illness and unemployment. In the shift to dual-earner societies welfare reforms have dealt with challenges, such as balancing work and family life (Esping-Andersen et al., 2002; Taylor-Gooby, 2004).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of the Welfare State
EditorsBent Greve
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Publication date2019
ISBN (Print)978113863164
ISBN (Electronic)9781315207049
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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