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The Schumpeterian consensus: the new logic of global social policy to face digital transformation

Silva Palacios, Vicente (2022) The Schumpeterian consensus: the new logic of global social policy to face digital transformation. Journal of Social Policy. ISSN 0047-2794

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0047279422000861


Digitalisation emerged as a central problem in global social governance in the past decade. ‘Digital transformation’ was expected to bring new social risks, requiring a redesign of the welfare state. This study examines the social policy responses of international actors on the digitalisation agenda in the 2010s and early 2020s. Inspired by sociological institutionalism, it shows different trajectories followed by UN agencies, the OECD and the World Bank in terms of addressing the social implications of this transformation. Despite these divergent organisational agendas, the article reveals the emergence of a new transnational policy paradigm, the ‘Schumpeterian consensus’, overcoming the antagonism between ‘economic’ and ‘social’ institutions from previous decades. In this paradigm, the ‘Schumpeterian investment state’ is seen as a mediator between the creative and destructive potential of technological change. Its social model encourages governments to invest in skills, universal social protection and flexicurity for the digital era.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2022 The Author
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2023 14:09
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2024 23:13

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