How Welfare States Care
European governments are bidding farewell to the once-popular ideal of the male breadwinner model. Except for Scandinavia, this model has sat firmly in the welfare state saddle since the Second World War. But in the new millennium, the governments of Europe no longer expect women to be full-time mothers. In Europe, the icon of the happy house- wife is fading. The European Union (eu) welfare states fully commit- ted themselves to working women as part of the 2000 Lisbon Strategy, the eu’s framework for action. If more women worked, this would con- tribute to the European aspirations of becoming ‘the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world’, while at the same time having ‘sustainable, active and dynamic welfare states’. This has been underlined by the Kok Report, which assessed the 2000 Lisbon strategy. The report states that if Europe wants to show its social face, the focus should be on economic growth and employment
Monique Kremer
Amsterdam University Press

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