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Attitudes, Aspirations and Welfare: Social Policy Directions in Uncertain Times

Peter Taylor-Gooby, Benjamin Leruth (Eds.)

Palgrave Macmillan: https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9783319757827


This book uses new research in five European countries to show that most people recognize growing inequality, population ageing, paying for health care and pensions, social care and immigration as areas where the welfare state faces real challenges. The most striking findings are the high level of support across all countries for social investment, and the way justifications for interventions in training, education and childcare policies vary between welfare state regimes. The authors also explore key areas such as intergenerational difference and job insecurity.

We study what people want from the welfare state and the policies they think likely to achieve it using democratic forums. The forum method yields new insights into how people frame social issues and link ideas together, the priorities they identify and the solutions they find acceptable. This is the first time democratic forums have been used as a research tool in this field.



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