Disambiguating Lisbon: growth, employment and social inclusion in the investment state
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Antwerp :UA, 2010
CSB working paper ; University of Antwerp, Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy ; 10/07
University of Antwerp
Over half way into the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion, on the eve of the elaboration of policies designed to help reach the Europe 2020 target of lifting 20 million people out of poverty, it is important to take stock of the outcomes of the Lisbon agenda for growth, employment and social inclusion. The question arises why, despite growth of average incomes and of employment, poverty rates have not gone down, but have either stabilized or even increased. In this paper we identify the following trends: rising employment has benefited workless households only partially; income protection for the working-age population out of work has become less adequate; social policies and, more generally, social redistribution have become less pro-poor. These observations are indicative of the ambiguity of the Lisbon Strategy and its underlying investment paradigm.