written by
Ferrera, Maurizio ; Miró, Joan ; Ronchi, Stefano
Social Reformism 2.0 – Edward Elgar Publishing
scritto da
Ferrera, Maurizio ; Miró, Joan ; Ronchi, Stefano


Automation, digitalisation, the post-industrial transition and climate change are creating new social risks which are not adequately supported by established welfare state institutions. In this timely book, Maurizio Ferrera, Joan Miró and Stefano Ronchi propose critical social and institutional policy reform in response to the nation state’s inability to maintain a balanced ecosystem between democracy, the market economy, welfare and the rule of law.

Social Reformism 2.0 provides a diagnosis of the critical issues facing the welfare state, namely the transition to post-industrialisation, globalisation and European integration, and the fourth technological revolution. Situating the European social model within a multi-crisis context, this book surveys the current reform trends in social policy, addressing decades of global development, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the climate emergency, before proposing a number of strategic policy reforms. It ultimately champions a transition towards a greener economy and a realignment of progressive politics, highlighting the central role Europe plays in coordinating and stimulating change.

Offering a highly detailed yet accessible critique, this socially pertinent study will strongly appeal to students and academics with an interest in political science, European studies, sociology, social and public policy analysis and welfare state research. It will also highly benefit policymakers, bureaucrats, practitioners and stakeholders involved in social governance processes at a national and European level.


To cite this book:

Maurizio Ferrera, Joan Miró and Stefano Ronchi (2024) Social Reformism 2.0. Work, Welfare and Progressive Politics in the 21st Century, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing

from the same author:
A Very European Way Out: Polity Maintenance and the Design of Article 50 – Government and Opposition
Maintaining the EU’s compound polity during the long crisis decade – Journal of European Public Policy
The European Union and cross-national solidarity: safeguarding ‘togetherness’ in hard times – Review of Social Economy
This project is funded with a Synergy Grant by the European Research Council under Grant Agreement n. 810356. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Research Council. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.