Social investment in an age of austerity: A comparison of family policy reforms in four European countries

Blum S, Correia S, Nygård M, Rakar T, Wall K (2020)
Revija za socijalnu politiku/Croatian Journal of Social Policy 27(3): 249-266.

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Blum, SonjaUniBi ; Correia, Sónia; Nygård, Mikael; Rakar, Tatjana; Wall, Karin
Abstract / Bemerkung
The focus of this article is on family policy reforms in four European countries – Austria, Finland, Portugal, and Slovenia – between 2008 and 2015. These years were marked by the ‘Great Recession’, and by the rise of the social-investment perspective. Social investment is an umbrella concept, though, and it is also somewhat ambiguous. This article distinguishes between different social-investment variants, which emerge from a focus on its interaction with alternative social-policy perspectives, namely social protection and austerity. We identify different variants along the degree of social-investment: from comprehensive, over crowding out, towards lean forms. While the empirical analysis highlights variation, it also shows how there is a specific crisis context, which may lead to ‘crowding out’ of other policy approaches and ‘leaner’ forms of social investment. This has led to strong cutbacks in family cash benefits, while public childcare and parental leaves have proved more resilient in the investigated countries. Those findings are revelatory in the current Covid-19 pandemic, where countries are entering a next, possibly larger economic crisis.
Erscheinungsjahr
2020
Zeitschriftentitel
Revija za socijalnu politiku/Croatian Journal of Social Policy
Band
27
Ausgabe
3
Seite(n)
249-266
eISSN
1845-6014
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https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2962636

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Blum S, Correia S, Nygård M, Rakar T, Wall K. Social investment in an age of austerity: A comparison of family policy reforms in four European countries. Revija za socijalnu politiku/Croatian Journal of Social Policy. 2020;27(3):249-266.
Blum, S., Correia, S., Nygård, M., Rakar, T., & Wall, K. (2020). Social investment in an age of austerity: A comparison of family policy reforms in four European countries. Revija za socijalnu politiku/Croatian Journal of Social Policy, 27(3), 249-266. https://doi.org/10.3935/rsp.v27i3.1563
Blum, S., Correia, S., Nygård, M., Rakar, T., and Wall, K. (2020). Social investment in an age of austerity: A comparison of family policy reforms in four European countries. Revija za socijalnu politiku/Croatian Journal of Social Policy 27, 249-266.
Blum, S., et al., 2020. Social investment in an age of austerity: A comparison of family policy reforms in four European countries. Revija za socijalnu politiku/Croatian Journal of Social Policy, 27(3), p 249-266.
S. Blum, et al., “Social investment in an age of austerity: A comparison of family policy reforms in four European countries”, Revija za socijalnu politiku/Croatian Journal of Social Policy, vol. 27, 2020, pp. 249-266.
Blum, S., Correia, S., Nygård, M., Rakar, T., Wall, K.: Social investment in an age of austerity: A comparison of family policy reforms in four European countries. Revija za socijalnu politiku/Croatian Journal of Social Policy. 27, 249-266 (2020).
Blum, Sonja, Correia, Sónia, Nygård, Mikael, Rakar, Tatjana, and Wall, Karin. “Social investment in an age of austerity: A comparison of family policy reforms in four European countries”. Revija za socijalnu politiku/Croatian Journal of Social Policy 27.3 (2020): 249-266.
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