Shifting Patterns in Italy’s Function of Social Reproduction: From Welfare to Workfare

  • Daniela Caterina
Part of the Contributions to Political Science book series (CPS)


The second layer of the context analysis in Chap.  5 focuses on the shift from welfare to workfare in the function of social reproduction and investigates its middle-ranging implications for the observed conflict. The argument concerning a workfare shift builds on the ideal-typical move from the Keynesian welfare national state to the Schumpeterian workfare postnational regime discussed in Chap.  5. Against this background, the chapter investigates these developments in Italy’s political economy with particular attention to changes in its labour market policy. Main findings point at the evidence of an incomplete and anomalous shift from welfare to workfare, in which repeated interventions only at the margin of the Italian labour market and the absence of flanking measures have led to the spread of ‘flex-insecurity’.


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  • Daniela Caterina
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  1. 1.Department of Social SciencesUniversity of HamburgHamburgGermany

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