Ideas and Welfare State Reform in Western Europe

  • Peter Taylor-Gooby

About this book


The new welfare settlement in Europe involves a re-direction of policy in the context of a unified market and currency system and of more stringent economic competition. Realignment of the policy assumptions and goals of the key actors is central to this process. This book reviews the main policy paradigms and analyzes the processes whereby they have changed in the most salient policy areas, and is based on recent interviews with more than two hundred and fifty senior policy actors in seven West European countries.


employment employment policy European Union (EU) labor market Policy reforms social insurance social policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Taylor-Gooby
    • 1
  1. 1.University of KentUK

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