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Welfare states after the crisis

  • Date(s)
    12 May 2014
  • Time
    17:00 - 18:30
  • Location
    Policy Network, 11 Tufton Street, Westminster, SW1P 3QB
Welfare states after the crisis

The case for social investment

Fiscal contraction, economic insecurity and political short-termism have created growing groups of welfare state 'winners' and ‘losers' that will impact on the coalitions that Labour and other centre-left parties across Europe need to win elections and govern. Young people and women are two of the social groups that have suffered disproportionate labour market vulnerability in the crisis years; yet trends point to the prioritisation of benefits for older people (who are more likely to vote) at the expense of families, young people and children.

Renowned welfare state expert Bruno Palier will present on the social, economic and electoral dangers of ignoring these new social risks and over protecting the interests of ‘baby boomers’.

Speaker:
Bruno Palier
Associate research Professor, Sciences Po Paris

Respondents:
Duncan O'Leary
, research director, Demos
Vidhya Alakeson
, deputy chief executive of the Resolution Foundation
John Denham
, Labour MP for Southampton and Itchen and former UK secretary of state for innovation, universities and skills

Chair:
Patrick Diamond
, vice chair of Policy Network and former Head of Policy Planning in 10 Downing Street


The seminar is informed by the Political Observatory article Fighting new intergenerational and skill inequalities by Bruno Palier. The event is part of the series The rise of distributional conflicts: Coalition-building in the post-crisis environment, jointly organised by Policy Network and Renewal: A Journal of Social Democracy.


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This event is in partnership with Renewal: A Journal of Social Democracy.

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