What is the future of welfare in Europe? The European welfare state is generally considered to be one of the finest achievements of the post-1945 world. Set up to eradicate poverty by providing a minimum standard of living and social safety net, the welfare state has come under increasing strain from ageing societies, growing unemployment, a deskilling society, and mass migration (both from inside and outside of Europe). With contribution from some of Europe's leading experts on this subject, this path-breaking volume highlights the internal and external pressures on the welfare state and asks whether any European welfare model is sustainable in the long term. This book will be of interest to all students, academics and professions working in the field of European social policy.

chapter |116 pages

The Future of Welfare in a Global Europe

ByBernd Marin

part |2 pages

Part I From Warfare to Welfare and Workfare

chapter |38 pages

War and the Welfare State

ByHerbert Obinger / Klaus Petersen

part |2 pages

Part II Demographic Metabolism, New Measures of Age and Ageing, and The Active Ageing Index (AAI) 2012 – 2015

chapter |18 pages

Demographic Metabolism: Enabling Future Generations

ByWolfgang Lutz

chapter |28 pages

An Easily Understood and Intergenerationally Equitable Normal Pension Age

ByWarren C. Sanderson / Sergei Scherbov

chapter |18 pages

The Active Ageing Index (AAI) 2012 – 2015

ByAsghar Zaidi

part |2 pages

Part III Towards a Human Investment State: Future-Able Education, Skill Formation, and Economic-Financial Literacy as Prerequisites of Sustainable Welfare Society

part |2 pages

Part IV Class, Generation, Gender, and Age Cleavages in Ageing Societies

part |2 pages

Part V Too Sick to Work? Disability – and Happiness – in Stressful and Long-Life Societies

part |2 pages

Part VI Fragile Welfare Sustainability: Two Model Cases in Point

chapter |22 pages

How Sustainable is the Swedish Model?

ByJoakim Palme

chapter |6 pages

Plea for an “Agenda 2020”

ByBert Rürup

part |2 pages

Part VII No European Social Model in Europe – or Towards a European Social Union?