New Risks and Social Change

Peter Taylor-Gooby

in New Risks, New Welfare

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780199267262
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602023 | DOI:
New Risks and Social Change

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New social risks have emerged in relation to work‐life balance and securing a position in a more flexible labour market across Europe. Policy responses often involve the aspiration of ‘transforming vice into virtue’ by reducing welfare state spending and at the same time increasing productivity. This is to be achieved by childcare and elder‐care policies and active labour market polices that get more women and unemployed people into paid work. It is difficult for governments and other policy actors to find large groups of voters who support these policies and reform typically involves compromise. However, the new social risk analysis is a corrective to the typical retrenchment analysis of old social risks such as pensions.

Keywords: active labour market; child care; EU; Europe; health care; pensions; politics; productivity; reform; retrenchment; social policy; social risks; unemployment; welfare state; work; work‐life balance

Chapter.  11000 words. 

Subjects: Political Economy

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