The welfare state in Europe has been reformed gradually over the
past two decades, with the intensification of the economic and
monetary union and the addition of fifteen new members to the EU.
This book explores the pressures that have been placed on the
welfare state through a variety of insightful and thought-provoking
contributions. As the standard of living has increased, aspirations
and financial constraints have required major rethinking. There is
considerable disparity between European countries in how they
approach the welfare system, with differing concern over aspects
such as income, employment and the ability to participate in
society. Choices over welfare lie at the heart of the democratic
system; this book explores the tensions this has produced and the
innovative responses in policy content and institutions. The
Changing Welfare State in Europe has a wide appeal, which will have
relevance to economists, scholars in public and social policy,
public and private finance experts, policymakers and also academics
with an interest in the impact of financial and economic
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