By B. v. Maydell, K. Borchardt, K.-D. Henke, R. Leitner, R. Muffels, M. Quante, P.-L. Rauhala, G. Verschraegen, M. Żukowski (auth.), Friederike Wütscher (eds.)

‘Enabling Social Europe’ examines how the paradigm of the ‘enabling welfare kingdom’ may perhaps provide a brand new standpoint for ecu social coverage within the many years to return. The ‘enabling’ thought is perceived as going past that of mere ‘activation’, hence additionally embracing regulations geared toward expanding own autonomy, person accountability and social inclusion via endowing people with the assets and functions had to deal with and stability their lifestyles classes in a greater way.

The examine is individual via a different collaboration of social and financial coverage specialists coming from a variety of disciplines: economics, legislation, sociology, political technology, and philosophy. The authors search to shed new gentle on no matter if ecu social coverage should play a job sooner or later and, if that is so, what kind of function 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 international within which welfare regimes can hold their very own path-dependent methods of attaining a good and simply society with a excessive point of welfare for all.

The empirical a part of the booklet comprises an appraisal of guidelines and reforms that allows you to the ‘enabling welfare country’ method in 4 very important coverage components: future health care, old-age safety, kin coverage, and poverty prevention. inside of each one region, the authors examine the guidelines and practices of 2 international locations as a result of varied regime forms: Germany and the uk, Poland and Germany, Finland and Estonia, and Belgium and Denmark.

This e-book is extremely recommendable not just for students and policymakers energetic during this box, but in addition for college students of welfare and labour economics, sociology, social coverage, political technology and legislation.

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Die weitere Verbreitung und die Beschleunigung der Innovationszyklen der Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien verändern die Anforderungen an berufliche Qualifikationen. Der Bedarf nach besserer Bildung und neuen Qualifikationen steigt kontinuierlich und verlangt lebenslanges Lernen. Die andauernd hohen Quoten der Langzeitarbeitslosigkeit auch unter jungen Arbeitssuchenden schränken den finanziellen Handlungsspielraum für die gesamte Sozialpolitik ein und verlangen deshalb nach innovativen und modernen Ansätzen der Wohlfahrts- und insbesondere der Arbeitsmarktpolitik.

The one focuses on concrete measures of an enabling social policy in the specific policy areas analysed above, and the other highlights prospects and instruments necessary for streamlining and integrating a European social policy at Union level. Adopting a European social policy raises two central questions. The first asks how ‘social’ European policy should be and thus concerns the relationship between macro-economic, employment and social policy. It reverts to the idea of social protection conceived as a productive factor that has been translated into the capability and life-course policy approaches.

On the other hand, attention is given to the relations between member states – that is, the effects of national policies on other member states through direct interaction, comparison and competition, as well as through institutions and mechanisms at Union level, above all the OMC. Finally, each chapter finishes by drawing conclusions and formulating recommendations. The final remarks seek to evaluate the systems with a view to the following: their capacity to respond to the challenges they face; their needs and their potential for innovation and reform towards the enabling welfare society; the extent to which they respect ethical principles of personal autonomy, social inclusion and distributive justice; their possibilities for reciprocal policy learning and adaptation of best practices; the options available for action at the supranational level; and the expected effects of the most promising interventions.

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