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.
Bernd Marin is Executive Director of the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research in Vienna, Austria. He edited Welfare in an Idle Society? (Ashgate, 2013) and co-edited Transforming Disability Welfare Policies (Ashgate, 2004); Mainstreaming Ageing (Ashgate, 2007); and Women's Work and Pensions: What is Good, What is Best? (Ashgate, 2010).