Social Investment Policies in a Life-Course Perspective. Part I

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC19 Sociology of Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy (host committee)

Language: English

Social investment policies have received much attention in academic and political debates, as they improve people’s skills and capabilities in order to prepare them to cope with the risks they are likely to encounter over their life course. International bodies such as the EU, OECD, World Bank and UNESCO promote social investment policies for this very reason. Increasing social risks arising from the pressures of post-industrialisation as well as globalisation can be expected to further contribute to the increasing relevance of social investments in welfare state reform. The proposed session aims to critically assess the opportunities but also the limits of social investment policies in the re-design of welfare states. Specifically we want to approach social investment policies from a life-course perspective as different life cycle stages (from childhood to adulthood) as well as life-course transitions (from education to employment to parenthood) present specific needs and challenges. The life-course perspective enables us better understand the complexity and changing nature of risks over the life cycle. We welcome comparative papers examining social investment policies, particularly across different regions of the world (e.g. Europe and East Asia), but we also consider single-country study. Indicative policy areas include education and training, active inclusion, and child and elder care.
Session Organizers:
Soohyun Christine LEE, University of Leeds, United Kingdom and Young Jun CHOI, Department of Public Administration, Yonsei University, Republic of Korea
Oral Presentations
Gender Division of Housework Among Couples with Preschool Children in Welfare States: The Good and the Bad in Social Investment Approach
Mi Young AN, School of Public Administration and Public Policy, Kookmin University, Republic of Korea
ECEC Discourses in England, Germany, Japan and Korea: Framing the Departure from the Male-Breadwinner Ideology
Sung-Hee LEE, University of Derby, United Kingdom; Sam MOHUN-HIMMELWEIT, London School of Economics, United Kingdom
The Effectiveness of Social Investment Policies: Training and Childcare in OECD Countries
Jae Hyoung PARK, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom
Why Should Social Investment be Redistributive? : Effect of Parents and Shadow Education on Academic Performance and Labour Market Income
Yun Young KIM, InCheon Development Institute, South Korea; Young Jun CHOI, Department of Public Administration, Yonsei University, Republic of Korea
Distributed Papers