The Future of European Welfare

A New Social Contract?

  • Martin Rhodes
  • Yves Mény

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: Europe’s Social Contract under Stress

    1. Martin Rhodes, Yves Mény
      Pages 1-19
  3. Interpretations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
  4. Welfare Systems Under Stress

  5. Welfare and the Global Arena

  6. The Search for a New Social Contract

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 284-287

About this book


European welfare states are currently under stress and the 'social contracts' that underpin them are being challenged. First, welfare spending has arguably 'grown to limits' in a number of countries while expanding everywhere in the 1990s in line with higher unemployment. Second, demographic change and the emergence of new patterns of family and working life are transforming the nature of 'needs'. Third, the economic context and the policy autonomy of nation states has been transformed by 'globalization'. This book considers the implications of these challenges for European welfare states at the end of the twentieth century with interdisciplinary contributions from first-rate political scientists, economists and sociologists including Paul Ormerod.


communism desegregation economy employment European Union (EU) globalization labor market Policy social policy social science

Editors and affiliations

  • Martin Rhodes
    • 1
  • Yves Mény
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Robert Schuman CentreEuropean University InstituteFlorenceItaly
  2. 2.Institut d’ Etudes PolitiquesParisFrance

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