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The Paradox of the Social Investment State: Growth, Employment and Poverty in the Lisbon era

TitleThe Paradox of the Social Investment State: Growth, Employment and Poverty in the Lisbon era
Publication TypeInternational peer-reviewed journal article
AuthorsCantillon, B.
Year of Publication2011
JournalJournal of European Social Policy
Volume21
Paginationpp. 432-449
PublisherSAGE
Date Published12/2011
Abstract

After the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion, on the eve of the elaboration of policies designed to help reach the Europe 2020 target of lifting 20 million people out of poverty, it is important to take stock of the outcomes of the Lisbon agenda for growth, emoloyment and social inclusion. The question arises why, despite growth of average incomes and of employment, poverty rates have not gone down, but have either stagnated or even increased. In this paper we identify the following trends: rising employment has benefited workless households only partially; income protection for the working-age population out of work has become less adequate; social policies and, more generally, social redistribution have become less pro-poor. These observations are indicataive of the ambivalence of the Lisbon Strategy and its underlying investment paradigm.

Keywordsemployment, Lisbon strategy, poverty, social investment state, social policy, social security
URLhttp://esp.sagepub.com/content/21/5/432
Issue5
Citation Key3027
ISSN Number0958-9287
DOI10.1177/0958929711418856
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