Enabling Social Europe by B. Maydell v., K. Borchardt, K.-D. Henke, R. Leitner, R.

By B. Maydell v., K. Borchardt, K.-D. Henke, R. Leitner, R. Muffels, M. Quante, P.-L. Rauhala, G. Verschraegen, M. Zukowski, Katharina Mader

‘Enabling Social Europe’ examines how the paradigm of the ‘enabling welfare country’ may well provide a brand new standpoint for eu social coverage within the a long time to come back. The ‘enabling’ suggestion is perceived as going past that of mere ‘activation’, hence additionally embracing rules geared toward expanding own autonomy, person accountability and social inclusion by means of endowing people with the assets and features had to deal with and stability their lifestyles classes in a greater way.

The examine is special by way of a special collaboration of social and monetary coverage specialists coming from a variety of disciplines: economics, legislations, sociology, political technological know-how, and philosophy. The authors search to shed new mild on no matter if ecu social coverage should play a task sooner or later and, if this is the case, what kind of position which may be. They convincingly argue that regardless of an implicit normative consensus at the ‘European social model’, there's nonetheless room for a multifaceted global during which welfare regimes can continue their very own path-dependent methods of accomplishing a good and simply society with a excessive point of welfare for all.

The empirical a part of the ebook comprises an appraisal of regulations and reforms to be able to the ‘enabling welfare kingdom’ method in 4 vital coverage components: health and wellbeing care, old-age defense, relations coverage, and poverty prevention. inside of each one quarter, the authors examine the rules and practices of 2 international locations caused by diversified regime kinds: Germany and the uk, Poland and Germany, Finland and Estonia, and Belgium and Denmark.

This ebook is extremely recommendable not just for students and policymakers energetic during this box, but additionally for college students of welfare and labour economics, sociology, social coverage, political technological know-how and legislations.

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Health care and poverty prevention systems afford protection against two basic risks of life, illness and poverty, which are not directly connected to specific life phases but can more or less temporarily and randomly interrupt and distort life plans and security expectations. By emphasising preventive rather than compensative measures in both these fields, priority is again given to individual capability in the sense of, say, health awareness, provident investment in the maintenance and improvement of productive and social skills or employability – especially if poverty prevention is combined with activation policies.

These findings are identified for the four areas of social policy analysed in part three of this study, namely health care, old-age security, family policy and poverty prevention. In addition, recommendations are also given for the employment policies and labour market situations analysed in part two from a European perspective. Subsequently, separate and specific recommendations are summarised for actions and instruments at the supranational level. In the following, only the main points of the recommendations are outlined.

Although the social systems of most European member states face similar challenges and pressures, the concrete measures taken to solve them can be very dissimilar owing to differing national conditions, institutional settings and historical roots. The limitation of the OMC process to the formulation of and agreement on goals is appropriate to the intent of leaving the member states plenty of room for choosing and adapting nation-specific tools for the achievement of these goals. Although, admittedly, there are no formal sanctions in the case of insufficient results, the effect of public ‘naming, shaming and blaming’ campaigns is likely to increase with the growing awareness of social policy benchmarking among the general public, the electorate as well as politicians.

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