Expanding welfare in an age of austerity: increasing protection in an unprotected world

Anthony Kevins

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    Abstract

    In recent decades, the rapid expansion of lower-quality, atypical employment has created a growing group of people excluded not only from generous labor market protections, but from welfare state coverage as well. This situation would seem to call for increased spending on the social safety net, yet governments throughout continental Europe, especially since the financial crisis, have instead been turning to austerity. As a result, they have had to choose between either extending coverage and retrenching the good benefits given to "insiders" or maintaining the protection, coverage, and benefits of the relatively well-off at the expense of a growing class of excluded "outsiders." This book asks why different nations have taken different approaches in addressing - or not addressing - this problem
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherAmsterdam University Press
    Number of pages285
    ISBN (Print)9789462980211, 9462980217
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Keywords

    • Welfare state
    • Europe
    • Wohlfahrtsstaat
    • Europa
    • Sparpolitik

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