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Analyzing family policies from a social investment perspective: characteristics, institutional complementarities and controversies
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Since the late 1990s a social investment perspective has been part of scientific and political discussions on developments of welfare states influencing policy agendas such as the Lisbon Strategy and the Europe 2020 Strategy of the European Union. From this perspective social policies should aim at preparing people for dealing with the requirements of a changed socio-economic context in a postindustrial era rather than at repairing with passive benefits. Research on the adoption, implementation and impact of social investment policies shows shortcomings in terms of the conceptualization and operationalization of these policies. In this thesis an analytical framework is developed that encompasses two social investment components: human capital and social capital. They form the non-exclusive categories in which policy instruments can be placed. The analytical frame should be regarded as a first step towards a more thorough classification of policy instruments with regard to their social investment nature. The empirical part is a pilot study applying the analytical frame to a selection of family policy instruments in Germany, Finland and the United Kingdom extracted from monitoring reports on the Social Investment Package of the European Commission. The analysis indicates that the actual design of a policy instrument is extremely important for categorizing it. Furthermore, both institutional complementarities and contradictory policy instruments can be found.

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2016. , 31 p.
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-296179OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-296179DiVA: diva2:936520
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
Freestanding course
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Available from: 2016-06-15 Created: 2016-06-14 Last updated: 2016-06-15Bibliographically approved

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