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Towards the Good Society, Once Again?

Gøsta Esping‐Andersen

in Why We Need a New Welfare State

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780199256433
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599170 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199256438.003.0001
Towards the Good Society, Once Again?

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This is an introductory chapter to the book, and it addresses the need for a new look at the welfare state in Europe. The different sections of the chapter are: The new welfare challenge; Emerging blueprints for reform; Towards a viable new European welfare architecture—the need for a more effective methodology, the principles of justice, welfare as social investment, and rethinking security in old age; The three welfare pillars —markets, families, and government; Similar challenges for different welfare regimes— the Scandinavian welfare model, the ‘liberal’ welfare model, and the continental European welfare model; From national regimes towards a European model; and Rewriting the social contract—a new family policy, a new gender contract, social inclusion through employment, the generational contract.

Keywords: elderly; employment; Europe; families; family policy; gender; gender contract; generational contract; government; justice; markets; old age; reform; Scandinavia; security; social contract; social inclusion; social investment; social policy; welfare state

Chapter.  10456 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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