Challenges to European Welfare Systems

  • Klaus Schubert
  • Paloma de Villota
  • Johanna Kuhlmann

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Johanna Kuhlmann, Klaus Schubert, Paloma de Villota
    Pages 1-8
  3. Country Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Odysseas Christou, Christina Ioannou, Anthos Shekeris
      Pages 79-104
    3. Vojtěch Ripka, Miroslav Mareš
      Pages 105-131
    4. Paloma de Villota, Susana Vázquez-Cupeiro
      Pages 197-221
    5. Zoltán Lakner, Katalin Tausz
      Pages 325-350
    6. Anthony McCashin
      Pages 351-369
    7. Guðný Björk Eydal, Stefán Ólafsson
      Pages 371-394
    8. Jolanta Aidukaite, Julija Moskvina, Daiva Skuciene
      Pages 419-441
    9. Feliciana Rajevska, Laura Romanovska
      Pages 473-495
    10. Sue Vella, Charles Pace
      Pages 513-537
    11. José António Pereirinha, Maria Clara Murteira
      Pages 587-613
    12. Livia Popescu, Valentina Ivan, Cristina Raț
      Pages 615-645
    13. Natalija Perišić
      Pages 647-669
    14. Sven E. O. Hort, Lisa Kings, Zhanna Kravchenko
      Pages 671-691
    15. Maša Filipovič Hrast, Anja Kopač Mrak
      Pages 693-718
  4. Comparative Analyses

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 855-863

About this book


This book provides the first comprehensive analyses of the challenges all European welfare systems have been facing since 2007, combining in-depth country-based studies and comparative chapters. It focuses on: 1) the economic and financial crisis, 2) demographic change, and 3) the balance between avoiding risks and opening up opportunities in social policy. The results show that European welfare systems tend to face the same challenges in different ways and that also their responses to those challenges differ considerably. Although the EU also plays a part in shaping national welfare systems, it becomes evident that European welfare systems are by no means converging: in terms of social policy, national diversity within Europe is still a major factor that will shape future developments in European welfare systems.


Demographic Change Economic and Financial Crisis European Union Social Policy Welfare Systems

Editors and affiliations

  • Klaus Schubert
    • 1
  • Paloma de Villota
    • 2
  • Johanna Kuhlmann
    • 3
  1. 1.Westfälische Wilhelms-UniversitätMünsterGermany
  2. 2.Fac. de Ciencias Políticas y SociolUniversidad Complutense de MadridMadridSpain
  3. 3.Institut für PolitikwissenschaftWestfälische Wilhelms-UniversitätMünsterGermany

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