New Social Risks in Europe

Professor Peter Taylor-Gooby
University of Kent

Date: 12 October 2004
: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
: CARR Seminar Room, H615


European welfare states developed through the 'old social risks' that confronted citizens in ideal typical industrial society. As a result of the post-industrial transition, affecting labour markets, family life and the scope for government policy-making, new social risks have emerged onto the agenda. These concern integrating marginal groups into paid work, 'activation', family restructuring, and mechanisms for balancing domestic and employment responsibilities. The EU has a limited role in relation to old social risks, but is seeking leadership for the new risk agenda. The paper reviews recognition of and responses to new risks in a number of European countries and the implications for the politics of welfare. It is based on data from a recent EU FPV project: 'Welfare Reform and the Management of Societal Change'.