EUROPE

22 May, 2015

THE EUROPEAN STRATEGY FOR COMPETITIVENESS FOR THE ACTORS OF POPULAR AND SOLIDARITY ECONOMY (PETER SCHWAIGER)

The notion of “social economy” is now widespread in the EU. However, in spite of its nuances (as in the Ecuadorian instance), this model has proved to be a tool to reduce poverty and to redistribute income and wealth. Our “single market” stands for an open economy, allowing for a […]
22 May, 2015

THE PROMULGATION PROCESS OF THE NEW LAW ON SOCIAL AND SOLIDARITY ECONOMY IN FRANCE (Jérôme Faure)

“When the idea of a draft law on social and solidarity economy was first included in the French politic agenda, two different objectives – interrelated though sometimes mutually opposite – had to be fulfilled. The former was to respond to the request for recognition coming from the traditional sectors (cooperatives, […]
19 May, 2015

SOCIAL EUROPE – AIMING FOR INCLUSIVE GROWTH – ANNUAL REPORT OF THE SOCIAL PROTECTION COMMITTEE ON THE SOCIAL SITUATION IN THE EUROPEAN UNION (2014)

Recíprocamente suggests the reading of the last report of the Social Protection Committee on the social situation in the European Union (2014). As presented by the European Commission, “the report delivers on the core task of the Social Protection Committee (SPC) to monitor the social situation in the Member States […]
13 May, 2015

GERMANY : A “HABITAT” FOR GROWTH OF SOCIAL ECONOMY

The report “Social Enterprise, Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship in Germany” written by Annette Zimmer & Stephanie Bräuer of the Westfälische Wilhelms University in Germany, aims at assessing the main features and the evolution of social enterprises in Germany. The text is divided into two main parts. In the first […]
17 April, 2015

DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGES AND SOCIAL PROTECTION: PROBLEMS FOR THE EUROPEAN SOCIAL MODEL (Enrico Pugliese & Mattia Vitiello)

National welfare systems differ from one country to another. Taking into account the traditional subdivisions of welfare systems in Europe (universal, meritocratic-contributory, and residual), we may see how the meritocratic model prevails in continental and Mediterranean countries while the universal model is typical of Scandinavian countries. The latter entails the generalization of […]
17 April, 2015

INTEGRATED LONG TERM CARE FOR VULNERABLE ELDERLY AS A COMMON CHALLENGE TO DEVELOPED COUNTRIES – INSIGHT FROM THE RESEARCH PROJECT POLIA INLOVE (Blanche Le Bihan and Alis Sopadzhiyan)

General Context– Why is comparative research on coordination and integration policies in the elderly care field needed? As a result of increased life expectancy, policies regarding old people in need of care (also referred to as long term care policies) represent a major public health issue in Europe and in […]
17 April, 2015

ACTORS OF THE ARTICULATION OF LONG TERM ELDERLY CARE POLICIES (European Social Network)

How to organize a system of elderly care? What are the different institutional and not institutional roles involved? How to ensure access to the highest quality levels? How to overcome increased economic impact? How to encourage easy access to the system for elderly dependents? “Contracting for Quality”, a report by […]
17 April, 2015

ACTIVE INCLUSION AND THE FIGHT AGAINST POVERTY: THE CHALLENGE OF INTEGRATED SERVICES (COPE)

This European Policy Brief published by COPE (research project co-financed by the European Commission in the 7th Framework Programme), and written by Katharina Zimmermann, invites us to think about the integration of Minimum Income Protection, labour market policies and social services. Presenting the context, Katharina Zimmermann reminds us that ” […]
17 April, 2015

NON-CASH BENEFITS FROM SOCIAL HOUSING IN EUROPE (IMPROVE)

Recíprocamente informs that ImPRovE, the international research project (funded by the 7th Framework  Programme of the European Union) recently published a new working paper titled “Non-cash benefits from social housing in Europe: a comparative perspective”, by Markus M. Grabka and Gerlinde Verbist. The main argument they develop is that ” […]