Type
Part or chapter of a book
Title
Conclusions on social investment: A paradigm in search of a new economic model and political mobilization
In
Towards a social investment welfare state? Ideas, Policies and Challenges
Author(s)
MOREL Nathalie - (Publishing director)
PALIER Bruno - Centre d'études européennes et de politique comparée (Publishing director)
PALME Joakim - Institute for Future Studies (Author)
MOREL Nathalie - (Publishing director)
PALIER Bruno - (Publishing director)
PALME Joakim - (Publishing director)
Editor
Bristol : Policy Press
Pages
353 - 376 p.
ISBN
9781847429247
Keywords
social investment, new economic model
Abstract
EN
This chapter concludes that, with few exceptions, European welfare states have not really implemented a social investment perspective. The Nordic countries come closest to embracing the social investment paradigm, while a few other countries (notably the Netherlands and the UK) have made partial moves in the social investment direction, but along quite different lines. Indeed, one can identify two main ways of implementing a social investment strategy: one that combines traditional social protection with social investment; and another which tends to substitute traditional compensatory spending with investments in human capital. However, the chapter argues, based on the conclusions of the different contributions to this edited volume, only comprehensive and well-designed social investment policies that emphasise and promote both equality and quality perform well. Finally, the chapter argues that in order to become a fully fledged new social policy paradigm, this perspective needs to distinguish more clearly its ideas from the previous neoliberal paradigm and to be associated to a new economic thinking (sustainable growth), as well as supported by new political coalitions (including current outsiders).

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