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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

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

Martin Werding

Kai A. Konrad

The MIT Press

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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