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European Social Model and Growth: Where are Eastern European Countries Heading for? (M. Mejstřík, J. Chytilová)

Author(s): doc. PhDr. Julie Chytilová Ph.D., Prof. Michal Mejstřík, CSc.
Type: Article in collection
Year: 2006
Number: 0
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Published in: Gaspar P., Jaksa R.A., Knowledge Economy, Innovation and Growth in Europe, ICEG European Center
Publishing place: Budapest
Keywords: European social model, welfare, public goods
JEL codes: H11, H4, I38
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Grants: IES Research Framework Institutional task (2005-2011) Integration of the Czech economy into European union and its development
Abstract: The authors find as crucial issue for the Eastern European countries to understand that a single European social model does not exist. Only recently some Eastern European unionists have started to defend their requirements by a reference to the European social model having in mind its inefficient continental form. Deeper public discussion of the pros and cons of the various social models and approaches should be triggered taking into account also resulting past and future country competitiveness. Let those models compete to open opportunities based on forward-looking approach with full respect to the minimum harmonized standards (such as social safety net etc.) instead of fixing the past.

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