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The changing face of welfareConsequences and outcomes from a citizenship perspective$
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Jorgen Goul Andersen, Anne-Marie Guillemard, Per H. Jensen, and Birgit Pfau-Effinger

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345929

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345929.001.0001

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The advent of a flexible life course and the reconfigurations of welfare

The advent of a flexible life course and the reconfigurations of welfare

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The changing face of welfare
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Anne-Marie Guillemard

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861345929.003.0004

This chapter aims to shed light on the heuristic value of a life-course perspective for analysing welfare-policy changes and their impact on individuals and their social protection, integration, and citizenship. Its starting point is the assumption that every societal model interconnects three spheres: the labour market, the welfare state, and a life-course regime. After recalling the key role welfare states have had in organising the tripartite life course in industrial society (education during youth, work during adulthood, and retirement during old age), the chapter examines how, given changes in the world of work, this tight correlation between the spheres of employment, welfare, and the life course is now coming undone. The final section raises questions about how the welfare state might be reconfigured so as to guarantee security for individuals in a new, flexible organisation of time over the whole life course.

Keywords:   welfare policy, social protection, integration, citizenship, social policy, labour market, welfare state

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