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Mejstrik M.,Chytilova J.,European Social Models and Growth: Where are the Eastern European countries heading?,Prague Social Science Studies, ISSN 1801-5999

Author(s): prof. Ing. Michal Mejstřík CSc., Chytilová Julie
Type: Articles in refereed journals
Year: 2007
Number: 23
ISSN / ISBN: ISSN 1801-5999
Published in: Prague Social Science Studies Economic series EC-023
Publishing place: Praha, Charles university
Keywords: European social model, competitiveness, welfare, public goods
JEL codes: H11, H4, I38
Suggested Citation: Mejstrik M.,Chytilova J.,European Social Models and Growth: Where are the Eastern European countries heading?, Prague Social Science Studies Economic series EC-023, Praha Charles University, 2007, ISSN 1801-5999
Grants: IES Research Framework Institutional task (2005-2011) Integration of the Czech economy into European union and its development
Abstract: The authors find that as they seek to develop a social model both appropriate to their needs and consistent with EU standards, Eastern European countries must understand that a single European Social Model does not exist. Recently, some Eastern European unionists have begun to support their demands with reference to the European Social Model, which they only comprehend, however, in terms of its most inefficient Continental form. Eastern European countries must engage in a deeper public discussion of the pros and cons of various diverse social models, while taking into account the effects of different social models on the past and future competitiveness of the countries that have adopted them. 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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