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Is Social Europe Fit for Globalisation? CEPS Policy Briefs. No 165, 7 August 2008

Begg, Iain. and Dexler, Juraj. and Mortensen, Jorgen. (2008) Is Social Europe Fit for Globalisation? CEPS Policy Briefs. No 165, 7 August 2008. [Policy Paper]

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    Abstract

    Globalisation is more an opportunity than a menace and the European social model is not doomed. Globalisation is not a zero-sum game but there are undeniably adverse consequences. As a phenomenon of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, there can be little doubt that globalisation is something that resonates widely. But it is not easy to pin down conceptually or empirically. In fact, many of the fears surrounding globalisation are greatly exaggerated and even where justified tend to rest on an incomplete analysis of the process. It follows that to view globalisation as an inexorable and threatening force is simply unwarranted. The policy challenges of globalisation can be grouped under three main headings: equipping the economy to compete in the globalising age; smoothing adjustment; and improving socio-economic governance. Globalisation will increase uncertainties but policy measures should favour the capacity to adjust. Finally, globalisation is not the only rationale for reinventing the welfare state and the challenge for policy-makers is to respond to new paradigms and associated risks by reconfiguring it in ways consistent with the values espoused by the European social model.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > globalisation/globalization
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > social policy > welfare state
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > social policy > general
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
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    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Policy Briefs
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2009
    Page Range: p. 6
    Last Modified: 03 Apr 2012 12:17
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9384

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