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WWWforEurope Lecture Series


Social Investment and the European Monetary Union


Anton Hemerijck


May 21st, 2014, 13:15 – 15:00

Location: At our new temporary office

Quellenstraße 51-55, 1100 Vienna

Lecture Hall, 3rd Floor



"The wave of social reform that has swept across Europe over the past three decades reveals trajectories of welfare adjustment that are more reconstructive than is often argued in mainstream academic research (and the media). In the aftermath of global financial crisis and its European correlates of the sovereign debt and Euro crisis, social investment is no longer dismissed as 'fair weather' policy when times get rough.


Social investment implies policies that 'prepare' individuals and families to respond to new social risks of the competitive knowledge society, by investing in human capital stock from their early childhood on, rather than simply to 'repair' damage after moments of economic or political crisis."


Anton Hemerijck, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Professor of Institutional Policy Analysis at VU University, Amsterdam, is a renowned expert on Welfare State Analysis and Social Policy. In 2013, Hemerijck was nominated to the Centennial Chair of LSE. From 2001 to 2009 he was director of the Netherlands Council for Government Policy (WRR). Apart from many scientific articles he has recently published the volume "Changing Welfare States". Download the presentation.

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Commentary by Hans Pitlik

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