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Dilemmas of the Welfare Mix: The New Structure of Welfare in an Era of Privatization (Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies)
Ugo Ascoli, Costanzo Ranci
The increased need for improved social services has now gone beyond the lower class in the European Union. Research on recent changes and developments of demographics in these European countries has shown that Fordist organization of work, the lengthening of the average life span, and the increased instability of the family have all contributed to escalating social inequities. A large portion of Europe's population is now at social risk, exacerbated by both homelessness and intolerance; this in turn has prompted a re-evaluation of the state provisions of social care. State insurance programs have been found inadequate in addressing social needs effectively, while care services are preferred over cash benefits due to the instability of working careers for those in the middle class. Subsequently, in recent years the focus has increasingly been on social services and on the need for expansion and development of a public sector service system. This volume in the Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies series explores the impact of policy and legislative change on the organizational and institutional structure of social service systems. Its contributing authors provide a solid framework for researching and evaluating the effectiveness of social services and state policy.
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