Recasting European Welfare States for the 21st Century
This article places European welfare states squarely in today's European integration context and looks optimistically at social policy perspectives from the European level. It has the needs of European policy makers in mind, and thus their interests in optimal policy mixes, lessons from national experiences and in a new institutional architecture that links EU member states more effectively into All-European corridors of reform efforts. The authors argue that the overriding need in welfare state reform is to identify new value combinations and institutional arrangements in national systems that are both mixed and virtuous, that is capable of producing advances on all necessary fronts. The authors recapitulate the EU's present social agenda new value combinations bottom up European Social Model in different welfare domains.
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