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European Social Models and Growth: Where are the Eastern European countries heading? (M. Mejstřík, J. Chytilová)

Author(s): doc. PhDr. Julie Chytilová Ph.D.,
† prof. Ing. Michal Mejstřík CSc.,
Type: Articles in refereed journals
Year: 2007
Number: 23
ISSN / ISBN: 1801-5999
Published in: Prague Social Science Studies EC-023
Publishing place: Prague
Keywords: European social model, competitiveness, welfare, public goods
JEL codes: H11, H4, I38
Suggested Citation:
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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