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The Continuing Evolution of Europe$
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Thiess Buettner and Wolfgang Ochel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262017015

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262017015.001.0001

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Reforming the European Welfare State

Reforming the European Welfare State

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(p.71) 5 Reforming the European Welfare State
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The Continuing Evolution of Europe
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Martin Werding

Kai A. Konrad

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262017015.003.0005

This chapter discusses key issues and promising paths for reforming the welfare state. First, it discusses the positive role of the European-style welfare state: its potential for improving efficiency as well as for promoting an equitable distribution of income and opportunities. It then turns to a number of problems in the implementation of the welfare state, organizing the main ideas around three major subthemes: boosting employment and activating the unemployed; dealing with the implications of an aging population; and managing international migration.

Keywords:   welfare reform, welfare policy, public policy, income distribution, employment, aging population, international migration

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