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24 July, 2015

KEY DATA ON EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE: EURYDICE REPORT 2014 (Mihaela Ionescu)

The Eurydice network is a European network that supports and facilitates European cooperation in the field of lifelong learning by providing information on education systems and policies in 37 countries and by producing studies on issues common to European education systems. It consists of: 41 national units based in 37 […]
24 July, 2015

PROPOSAL FOR A QUALITY FRAMEWORK ON EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE IN EUROPE (Mihaela Ionescu)

The Quality Framework on Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) is the leading document in Europe for the discussions around the quality of ECEC systems. The European Commission through the General Directorate for Education, Audiovisual and Culture finalized the proposal in 2014, as a result of a Working Group composed […]
30 June, 2015

TWO RENEWED ATTEMPTS AT COORDINATION: THE COSTA RICAN AND DOMINICAN REPUBLIC CASES (Fabián Repetto)

A substantive argument informs the recent debate of a considerable section of Latin American social policy. This argument maintains that, since conditional transfer programmes are under way in about twenty countries of the region, in the face of the potentialities and limitations of this kind of interventions with a history […]
26 June, 2015

THE COORDINATION OF SOCIAL POLICIES (Fabián Repetto)

Nowhere in the world, including in European and Latin American countries, do social policies have a univocal dimension. Conversely, social policies are defined by each State (as well as at the subnational and local government levels), and they depend on historical patterns in terms of their connection with social forces, […]
26 June, 2015

EXPECTATIONS, ACHIEVEMENTS AND FRUSTRATIONS CONCERNING MERCOSUR SOCIAL (Bertrand Le Fur)

From Bolivar’s dream to establish a “Nation of Republics” in the 19th century to the latest processes, in South America integration produces great expectations but also great frustrations. MERCOSUR seems to have been unable to avoid the latter but it has made some real progress. In order to comprehend the […]
23 June, 2015

NOTES ON THE COORDINATION OF SOCIAL PROTECTION POLICIES IN EUROPE (Francesco Maria Chiodi)

This work presents the methods used by European countries in order to coordinate their social protection policies. The main goal of the coordination is to bring closer approaches, to install a common language and to establish a collaboration space, with the ultimate aim to encourage the greatest convergence possible between […]
23 June, 2015

INTEGRATED SOCIAL SERVICE DELIVERY : LITERATURE REVIEW AND IDENTIFICATION OF BEST PRACTICES (E.C.)

The European Commission published recently a new document promoting the integration of social services in Europe. It presents the benefits of implementing “one-stop-shops” in order to improve the coordination between unemployment policies and social service delivery. “Literature review and identification of best practices on integrated social service delivery” is part […]
4 June, 2015

SOCIAL MOBILITY TO REDUCE INEQUITY

The issue of social mobility is at the center of the Trento Festival of Economics (May 29 to June 2, 2015), that reaches its tenth edition confirming its global significance. “The dynamic inequalities are as important as the static ones. It is important not only the distance between the highest […]
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 […]