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RPS 3 2017

È online il numero 3/2017 di Rps. Il fascicolo dedica la sezione monografica al futuro dei diritti sociali in Europa. Nella sezione Attualità si discute di politiche fiscali e welfare.

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Introduction. The social dimension of globalization

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Many words have been spent on globalization, but despite its increasing impact on people’s daily lives, even in the most remote corners of the planet, until very recently its social implications were largely disregarded.. For much of the 1980’s and ’90’s attention focussed on the economic face of globalization: on the growing interdependence between the different parts of the world in trade, investment, finance and the organization of production. Yet, at the same time a similar social and political interdependence was growing that — step by step — involved every continent and every country both at organizational and individual level. Today, thanks to the development of transport and, still more, thanks to the new communication technologies, physical distance is no longer the almost insuperable barrier it was in the past: we are all in some way closer and part of a single system. only subscribers can see the full article

Reflections on Populism, Trade Unions and Democracy

in the issue
Populisms in Europe
The three pieces that follow by Morena Piccinini, Riccardo Terzi and Mario Tronti, are based on thoughts already presented by them at the Forum. Morena Piccinini’s contribution reflects above all on the «inverse» relations between populisms and universalistic social policies, underlining the unions’ role in promoting the latter, and so also promoting and safeguarding democratic systems. Riccardo Terzi’s thoughts criticize the idea of populism as the only definition of a differentiated variety of phenomena, movements and parties that – being also the consequence of contemporary social fragmentation – should not be combated on the moralistic or «metaphysical » plane of ideas, but starting from concrete social change. reconstructs the (altered) nexuses between the idea of a people and populist action and offers some highly topical thoughts on the commitment and strategies that politics should adopt to reconstruct the damaged ties between society and institutions, political choice and organized representation.only subscribers can see the full article
Keywords: social policy :: democracy :: parties :: populisms ::

Dynamics of the Welfare Mix in South Europe

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This paper is about the changing public-private welfare mix in South Europe since the early 1990s. Reform challenges, policy milestones and outcomes are briefly examined in the light of internal pressures and deepening European integration. We focus mainly on Greece and Spain, adding comparative data for Portugal and Italy to the extent possible. The analysis embraces four major social policy fields (social security, health and social care and labour market/employment policy). In the first part of the paper we highlight major policy trajectories and reforms, while in the second and third part we briefly review trends in funding and expenditure patterns, institutional design, regulation and delivery of social welfare, linked to decentralization (and regionalization) processes. only subscribers can see the full article

The 328/2000 Twelve Years Later: Its Legacy, Missed Opportunities and Open Questions

in the issue
Territorial Welfare
Twelve years after the framework law 328/2000 the article brings out both its innovative thrust as regards culture and the planning of social policy, as well as its limitations and the failures – both active and passive – in putting it fully into effect. This legacy has left profound marks on the Italian welfare system and undermines its ability to react to the problems that the present social and economic crisis have made dramatic. Hence the need for profound reforms, whose scope and content are described (infra, next article).only subscribers can see the full article

European Union. From Equal Opportunities to «Social Investment» Jane Jenson

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in the issue
Women and Welfare
Most European countries with liberal and social democratic welfare regimes have redesigned their social policy in recent years, adopting a social investment perspective. In doing so, they often target children and young people, and redeploy policy instruments to achieve goals for the future. There is a growing commitment by the European Union to this supply-side understanding of social policy. This article describes two mechanisms at one work in the social policy field within the institutions of the Eu: one of writing women out of the plot and folding gender into other stories.only subscribers can see the full article

A Few Worrisome Notes on the Formation of the Post-Communist Welfare State

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The paper intends to show that, as to the forging of the new welfare state, the past close to two decades of post-communist transformation has brought about Central Europe’s remarkable departure from the track of Western developments. Besides steady slowing down of economic growth since the late 1990s, a review of the key indicators of social development reveals the emergence of previously unknown fault-lines in the new social structures. it is argued that the actual reality of the post-1990 systemic transformation has brought about ever more remarkable retreats of bifurcation in provisions that have concluded, in turn, in an ever more visible disintegration in day-to-day social relations. Taking the case of Hungary, it is demonstrated that the new reforms in welfare have assisted integration into the market for the well-to-do, while the very same reforms have brought further marginalisation and social exclusion for the truly poor. only subscribers can see the full article

Social Enterprises as Agents of Innovation

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in the issue
Territorial Welfare
The relation between social enterprise and innovation is the centre of attention of various parties: as well as the social enterprises themselves, important policy-makers like the European Commission recognize these organizations as having a more central position in economic and social systems. The article tries to verify if social enterprise in Italy is ready to take up this challenge, considering both its structural characteristics and dynamics, and the peculiarities of its business model, which combines management efficiency and inter-relations typical of the goods of collective interest produced by these enterprises.only subscribers can see the full article

Gender and Care: Old Solutions, New Scenarios?

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in the issue
Women and Welfare
The need to receive and give care has long remained hidden in the division of labour between community and family and between men and women. As a result, for a long time both dependence on care and the responsibility for providing it were not recognized as fundamental rights of citizenship. A partial exception was that of maternity leave. There is also a continuing asymmetry in the way in which the care needs of various subjects are recognized and the unpaid or paid work of those who respond to these needs. This marginality risks becoming more problematic at this time.only subscribers can see the full article
Keywords: citizenship :: social policy :: care :: gender ::

Social Rights in Europe after the Lisbon Treaty

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Tracing the historical process that, with the Lisbon Treaty, has at last led to the affirmation of an explicit guarantee of fundamental social RPS rights at the level of the European Union, the author reflects on the limits of a protection that is essentially entrusted to the maieutic properties of the so-called «dialogue between the Courts», in the absence of an adequate strategy of European social policy, and underlines, on the other hand, the need for a fresh political drive, and in this sense of a «re-politicization» of the social questions that the present dramatic crisis has once again placed at the centre of public debate in the member nations.only subscribers can see the full article