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Social investment and welfare state reform

  • Date(s)
    10 September 2009
  • Location
    London

Bringing to No.10 Downing Street a panel of internationally acclaimed strategic thinkers and practitioners, this high-level seminar focused on social investment and welfare state reform policies against the background of the current financial and economic prospects.

Developing key themes and bold ideas for the continued modernisation of Britain, the speakers reflected on how to define and design welfare reform strategies that can deliver enduring and effective social and economic stimulus.

The speakers addressed a range of specific questions relating to flexicurity and active labour market policies, childcare and gender equality, and the weakness of the family, among others.

Roland Fryer Jr
, professor of economics at Harvard University, noted for his ground-breaking research on education innovation and one of the world’s 100 most influential people according to Time magazine, joined Andreas Schleicher, head of the indicators and analysis division of the OECD Directorate for Education – whose responsibilities include directing the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) – in speaking about education and human capital investment.

Jane Jenson
, professor of political science at the University of Montreal, and one of Canada’s most prominent academics in the area of social policy research, addressed issues relating to childcare and gender equality, while Joakim Palme, director of the Institute for Future Studies in Sweden, and an internationally renowned expert on the tensions between population change and public policy, focused on demographic sustainability.

Ton Wilthagen, a preeminent European voice on flexicurity and professor of institutional and legal aspects of the labour market at Tilburg University, The Netherlands, in turn joined Dean Baker, co-director of the Centre for Economic and Policy Research, Washington DC, one of the first economists to warn of the dangers of the US housing bubble and one of the few who correctly predicted that its collapse would lead to widespread recession, in speaking about flexicurity and active labour market policies.

Download a detailed agenda here.

The event, which took place on 10 September, forms part of a new Policy Network initiative entitled "From crisis management to paradigm shift," which will look at the consequences of the recent global economic slowdown for long-term public policy.

The next seminar in the series entitled "Industrial activism, market regulation and the transition to a low-carbon economy," will take place on the 15 October. This will be followed by a series of publications together with further seminars in other European capitals.

A full seminar report will be published shortly. Please sign-up to our newsletter to recieve the latest updates.

If you have any questions about this event, or research initiative, please contact Jade Groves at jgroves@policy-network.net.

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