Policy paper 148

Governing the welfare state and beyond – Solutions for a complex and uncertain future

This Policy paper by Eeva Hellström and Mikko Kosonen, published within the Vision Europe project, deals with the challenge of the governance of welfare states in the EU.

In an environment with ever-increasing interdependence, volatility and complexity, European welfare states face unprecedented problems on multiple levels and have seemingly become prisoners of the successful “industrial age” governance model. Today, old-style governance approaches no longer meet the needs of societies. The authors of the Policy paper, Eeva Hellström and Mikko Kosonen, thus suggest alternative governance approaches and give advice on how new solutions can be adopted.
The core question of this Policy paper is: How can we develop the governance approaches of our welfare states to better foster and invest in sustainable well-being and, thus, be more competitive, without compromising basic European values?

As a response to this question, the Policy paper presents five ambitions for future governance, and makes recommendations resulting from them.

Then English version of this Policy paper is available on the website of SITRA: here.

This Policy paper is published within the Vision Europe project.

The Jacques Delors Institute takes part to the Vision Europe project, a consortium of think tanks and foundations collaborating to address some of the most pressing public policy challenges facing Europe. Through research, publications and an annual summit, we aim to be a forum for debate and a source of recommendations to improve evidence-based policy-making at both a national and EU level and to foster as appropriate European integration. In 2015 we commonly work on “The Future of the Welfare State”, developing innovative policy recommendations on how to ensure the long-term sustainability of national welfare systems.
Vision Europe other participating organizations are:
Bertelsmann Stiftung (Germany)
Bruegel (Belgium)
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Portugal)
Chatham House (UK)
Compagnia di San Paolo (Italy)
The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra (Finland).
For more information about the project please refer to www.vision-europe-summit.eu
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