1st Edition

Social Investment and Institutional Change

Edited By Andrea Ciarini Copyright 2023
    136 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book focuses on the main institutional changes affecting the Social Investment approach as the framework for the European social agenda.

    The contributions gathered address these issues from different angles, placing two fundamental issues at the centre of the analysis. The first concerns the promotion of the strategic actions of European institutions and the national governments aimed at making social investment a recovery priority in the Eurozone. The second aims to make the social investment approach compatible not only with a high road to growth, as it is in the Stock-Flow-Buffer scheme, but also with the right to balance market and non-market activities as a universal right linked to a different combination of working and living time.

    It will be of interest to all scholars and students of social policy and European politics.

    Chapter One – Introduction: Investments and social policies in the years of the crisis
    Andrea Ciarini

    Chapter Two – The social investment welfare state: what can it achieve?
    Colin Crouch

    Chapter Three – Minimum income and active labour market policies. The traps of the work-first approaches
    Andrea Ciarini, Silvia Girardi and Valeria Pulignano

    Chapter Four – Social policies and employment in personal care services. The working poor and services in times of austerity
    Andrea Ciarini

    Chapter Five – Social investment recovery for a resilient Eurozone
    Anton Hemerijck and Stefano Ronchi

    Chapter Six – Minimum income and working time in the pluri-active society
    Andrea Ciarini and Massimo Paci


    Andrea Ciarini is Associate Professor of Economic Sociology in the Department of Social and Economic Sciences, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. His research interests concern social policies and welfare systems from a comparative European perspective.