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Welfare Reform and the Management of societal Change, EU research on social sciences and humanities

Funded under: FP6-CITIZENS


The present report was prepared in the frame of the project "Welfare reform and the management of societal change" and funded by the second call for proposals of the Key Action "Improving the Socio-economic Knowledge Base". The project wants to improve understanding of the process of policy reform in order to comprehend better the likely future direction of reform and the potential for the EU to give a lead in specific areas.
Specific objectives include:
1. Providing a detailed analysis of recent policy changes in relation to pension reform, longterm care, provision for unemployed people, women's labour market participation, policies for low-paid people, the impact of the EU on national policy and the way in which welfare is financed.
2. Setting this analysis in the context of the different national policy-making mechanisms and the institutional and constitutional contexts in which they operate, in order to identify the factors that facilitate or obstruct reform.
The current report produces a comparative background review of theoretical approaches to policy-making and analyses the policy-making process in the selected countries in relation to the key policy areas chosen. The research on this topic draws on a range of approaches that have emerged in recent debates about the politics of welfare reform.

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