Work life balance and welfare transformation

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This WP explores the interplay of post-industrial change (gender and family change, labour market change, and ageing) and welfare state transformation in Europe in the 21st century. It does so by providing synthetic informational of the demographic and labour market trends; identifying policy practices and relevant institutional capacities of key welfare policy areas; extrapolating key strategic orientations for the post-Lisbon strategy and the relevance of these orientations for longer-term processes of socio-ecological change.

Publications in this research area

Policy briefs

Does social investment matter? This policy brief, which assesses past welfare state reforms across Europe, suggests the answer is yes. It addresses questions like: Which countries introduced or...

Working papers

In this working paper, we assess to what extent European welfare states have moved in the direction of social investment in terms of spending and how well they are performing socio-economically,...

Working papers

Despite the recent increase in female labour force participation across the EU, major obstacles still persist. Using data from 10 countries from the Generation and Gender survey, this paper...

Working papers

This working paper focuses on central issues in relation to the reconciliation of work and family life in four selected EU member states representing different kinds of welfare and gender policy...

Working papers

 We investigate the changes in women's employment patterns across EU countries over the last 20 years both in terms of labour market participation and type of jobs using individual data...

State of the art reports

A litmus test of any welfare state today lies in its ability to sustain high employment levels. High employment helps reduce budgetary pressure on governments and, particularly due to more...