Modernizing the State: A New Style of Governance?

Janet Newman

in Welfare State Change

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780199266722
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601941 | DOI:
Modernizing the State: A New Style of Governance?

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Examines the social policies associated with 'third ways' in European social democracy. It focuses on the Third Way in terms of discourse (e.g. a rhetoric of reconciliation), values (e.g. solidarity, equity), and policy goals and mechanisms (e.g. maximizing employment; containing public spending and strengthening the social investment component of welfare states). Our main conclusion is that the current position is best represented by one-third way with several variants, and that there is greater similarity on the level of policy content than on values or discourse.

Keywords: employment; European social democracy; policy goals; policy mechanisms; public spending; social investment; social policy; Third Way; discourse; values

Chapter.  7997 words. 

Subjects: Political Economy

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