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The Central Eastern European Countries: What European Social Models and Growth?

Author(s): doc. PhDr. Julie Chytilová Ph.D.,
prof. Ing. Michal Mejstřík CSc.,
Type: Chapter in book
Year: 2008
Number: 0
ISSN / ISBN: 978-80-7378-074-6
Published in: MatfyzPress; Michal Mejstřík et al., Social-Economic Models and Policies to Support Active Citizens: Czech Republic and Europe
Publishing place: Praha
Keywords: European Social Model, competitiveness, welfare, public goods
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Suggested Citation: Chytilová J., Mejstřík M., The Central Eastern European Countries: What European Social Models and Growth? In: Mejstřík M., et al. Social-Economic Models and Policies to Support Active Citizens: Czech Republic and Europe, MatfyzPress, Praha 2008
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. Instead of fixating on the past, let those models compete to
open up opportunities based on a forward-looking approach with full respect
for minimum harmonised standards (such as the social safety net).

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