Social Security as a Public Interest

Our social security systems face many challenges. Economic crises, the ageing of the population and changing employment patterns call for a reorientation of policies. In the last few decades the introduction of private elements has often been advocated as a way forward. This book addresses the questions to which this privatisation gives rise.
Author(s):
Gijsbert Vonk, Albertjan Tollenaar
Series:
Social Europe Series
Volume:
24
book | published | 1st edition
September 2010 | xiii + 230 pp.

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ISBN 9789400001107


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Our social security systems face many challenges. Economic crises, the ageing of the population and changing employment patterns call for a reorientation of policies. In the last few decades the introduction of private elements has often been advocated as a way forward. This privatisation gives rise to new questions. What are the public interests that call for government responsibility? What can be regarded as the public interest in our social security systems? What are the mechanisms that safeguard these interests and what is the role of public and private regulation? This multidisciplinary study approaches these questions from the point of view of economics, public administration, law and philosophy. The major conclusion is that a strict public-private distinction is a dead end. It is important that we gain more understanding of mixed public-private governance structures. This requires, first of all, further research into the normative and theoretical foundations of ‘social markets’.

Chapters

Table of Contents (p. 0)

Research plan and outline of the book (p. 1)

PART A. SOCIAL SECURITY AS A PUBLIC INTEREST

The public interest in social security: an economic perspective (p. 21)

The public interests of social security: a social science perspective (p. 49)

The public interest and the welfare state: a legal approach (p. 67)

The public interest and the welfare state: contemporary political philosophy (p. 91)

PART B. THE INSTRUMENTALISATION OF THE PUBLIC INTEREST

Instrumentalisation of the public interest in social security: an economic perspective (p. 117)

Instrumentalisation of public values in social security: a public administration perspective (p. 137)

Instrumentalisation of public interests: a legal perspective (p. 153)

Instrumentalisation of the public sphere: a philosophical perspective (p. 173)

PART C. CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS & PROSPECTS FOR FURTHER RESEARCH

Conference proceedings (p. 195)

Prospects for the regulatory welfare state: recommendations for further research into social markets (p. 209)

List of references (p. 213)

About the authors (p. 227)

About the series:

Social Europe Series

The Social Europe Series gives the reader more than an introduction to the social systems of the member states of the European Union. It offers the social security expert with comparative experience the opportunity to place his or her knowledge of (aspects of) foreign social security systems in a broader national context. The series facilitates the broad comparison of the national systems, by describing them according to a uniform structure.

Editorial board: Michael Adler (University of Edinburgh), Anne Davies (University of Oxford), Guus Heerma van Voss (University of Leiden), Frank Hendrickx (University of Leuven & Tilburg University), Frans Pennings (Utrecht University), Sophie Robin-Olivier (University of Paris X Nanterre), Achim Seifert (University of Luxembourg ), Sara Stendahl (Göteborg University) and Bernd Waas (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt).

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