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Research project

The normative foundation of the social investment welfare state

This project aims to engage in the normative recalibration of the social investment welfare state.

This project has received funding via the EUI Research Council call 2024.

European welfare states have experienced a groundswell of reform. In the process, the Social Investment Approach emerged as a policy compass to adapt social policy to the post-industrial economic realities and ageing societies. Social investment reform advocacy is framed as a positive-sum solution to the equity-efficiency trade-off. However, the important dimension of normative recalibration in the social investment turn - its focus on dual-earner families, (gendered) labour markets, cumulative disadvantage, capacitation, and inter-generational fairness - has gone under the radar. This project aims to engage in the overdue exploration of the normative foundations of the social investment welfare state.

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