Challenges to European Welfare Systems

by Klaus Schubert, Paloma de Villota,

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

  • Springer International Publishing; February 2016
  • ISBN 9783319076805
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  • Title: Challenges to European Welfare Systems
  • Author: Klaus Schubert (ed.); Paloma de Villota (ed.); Johanna Kuhlmann (ed.)
  • Imprint: Springer

About The Author

Klaus Schubert is Professor of German Politics and Policy Field Analysis at the Institute of Political Science, University of Munster, Germany.

Paloma de Villota is Professor of Economic Policy at the Institute of Social Science and Economics, University Complutense, Madrid, Spain.

Johanna Kuhlmann is Research Assistant at the Institute of Political Science, University of Muenster, Germany.