The next safety net: Social policy for a digital age.

This article argues that as economies become more digitised and automated, in particular workers in sectors such as manufacturing, retail, delivery or routine office work will face low wages, short-term contracts, precarious employment and job loss. An increase in economic inequality will see a smaller contributing tax base, but a higher demand for state expenditure. The article argues that this will become unsustainable and that social policy and welfare states should be adjusted to cover the needs of not just those inside the labour market, but also many who are in work.

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The next safety net: Social policy for a digital age.
Colin, N. and Palier, B. (2015), 'The next safety net: Social policy for a digital age,' Foreign Affairs, July/August.

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  • United States
  • 2015
  • Research publication
  • social protection
  • English
  • Foreign Affairs (Publisher)
  • Qualitative research
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