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Social Security as a Public Interest

A multidisciplinary inquiry into the foundations of the regulatory welfare state

Book | 1st edition 2010 | World | Gijsbert Vonk, Albertjan Tollenaar

Our social security systems face many challenges. Economic crises, the ageing of the population and changing employment patterns call for a reorientation of policies. In the last few decades the introduction of private elements has often been advocated as a way forward. This privatisation gives rise to new questions. What are the public interests that call for government responsibility? What can be regarded as the public interest in our social security systems? What are the mechanisms that safeguard these interests and what is the role of public and private regulation? This multidisciplinary study approaches these questions from the point of view of economics, public administration, law and philosophy. The major conclusion is that a strict public-private distinction is a dead end. It is important that we gain more understanding of mixed public-private governance structures. This requires, first of all, further research into the normative and theoretical foundations of ‘social markets’.

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Type of product Book
Format Paperback
EAN / ISSN 9789400001107
Serie name Social Europe Series
Weight 420 g
Status Available
Number of pages xiii + 230 p.
Access to exercice No
Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date Sep 23, 2010
Available on Jurisquare No
Available on Strada Belgique No
Available on Strada Europe No
Available on Strada Luxembourg No


  • Table of Contents
  • Research plan and outline of the book
  • The public interest in social security: an economic perspective
  • The public interests of social security: a social science perspective
  • The public interest and the welfare state: a legal approach
  • The public interest and the welfare state: contemporary political philosophy
  • Instrumentalisation of the public interest in social security: an economic perspective
  • Instrumentalisation of public values in social security: a public administration perspective
  • Instrumentalisation of public interests: a legal perspective
  • Instrumentalisation of the public sphere: a philosophical perspective
  • Conference proceedings
  • Prospects for the regulatory welfare state: recommendations for further research into social markets
  • List of references
  • About the authors