This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 License.
It is free to read, download and share on Elgaronline.com. This seminal book
addresses the critical and urgent question of ‘what makes welfare states
sustainable?’ in the era of climate change. Expert authors challenge traditional
perspectives on questions of sustainability which have focused on population ageing,
global economic turbulence and on containing current and future public social
This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 License. It is free to read, download and share on Elgaronline.com.
Adopting an interdisciplinary approach this book provides a cutting-edge, in-depth account of social policy research today, how we got here, and where future research should be headed. It defines the core research agenda for the future covering multiple social policy fields, including care, family, health, and housing policy as well as gender equality, labour market policy, and welfare attitudes.
This book revives the discussion on public social services and their redesign, with a focus on
services relating to care and the social inclusion of vulnerable groups, providing rich information
on the changes that occurred in the organisation and supply of public social services over the last
thirty years in different European places and service fields. Despite the persisting variety in
social service models, three shared trends emerge: public sector disengagement, ‘vertical
re-scaling’ of authority and ‘horizontal re-mix’ in the supply system. The consequences of such
changes are evaluated from different perspectives – governance, social and territorial cohesion,
labour market, gender – and are eventually deemed ‘disruptive’ in both economic and social terms.
The policy implications of the restructuring are also explored. This title will be Open Access on