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The advent of a flexible life course and the reconfigurations of welfare

Anne-Marie Guillemard

in The changing face of welfare

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9781861345929
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303701 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861345929.003.0004
The advent of a flexible life course and the reconfigurations of welfare

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This chapter aims to shed light on the heuristic value of a life-course perspective for analysing welfare-policy changes and their impact on individuals and their social protection, integration, and citizenship. Its starting point is the assumption that every societal model interconnects three spheres: the labour market, the welfare state, and a life-course regime. After recalling the key role welfare states have had in organising the tripartite life course in industrial society (education during youth, work during adulthood, and retirement during old age), the chapter examines how, given changes in the world of work, this tight correlation between the spheres of employment, welfare, and the life course is now coming undone. The final section raises questions about how the welfare state might be reconfigured so as to guarantee security for individuals in a new, flexible organisation of time over the whole life course.

Keywords: welfare policy; social protection; integration; citizenship; social policy; labour market; welfare state

Chapter.  7210 words.  Illustrated.

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