The Handbook of European Welfare Systems by Klaus Schubert, Simon Hegelich, Ursula Bazant

By Klaus Schubert, Simon Hegelich, Ursula Bazant

This booklet presents the 1st entire details and designated information at the welfare platforms of all twenty-seven EU member states and gives the reader a useful creation and foundation for comparative welfare examine. The introductory bankruptcy summarizes the particular debate approximately welfare states and welfare (state) regimes, provides an outline on present welfare (state) study and analyses the most fresh advancements necessitating a brand new concentrate on eu Welfare structures. The twenty-seven chapters at the welfare structures of the member states are written at the foundation of a standard constitution via specialists from the person states. an extra bankruptcy analyses the present social and welfare guidelines of the european and makes a speciality of the interaction and bounds among eu and nationwide social rules. concluding chapters supply (a) a primary comparative research at the foundation of all twenty-seven ecu Welfare structures and (b) a theoretical mirrored image either arguing for and venturing the belief of politically restricted pluralism in ecu welfare politics.

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In Offe’s view national governments are the bearers of democratic legitimacy, but the transfer of authority that has accompanied the implementation of the Common Market has reduced their power to shape the prospects and safeguard the interests of their national populations. [ … ] Thus, there is a disjunction between the ability and the mandate to act; the former is already largely in the hands of the European institutions, but the latter still resides with the national governments. (Offe 2000: 10) However this notion is only sustainable if it is assumed that the interests of the citizens are ‘national’ in other words the same.

Despite the social insurance principle, an important part of funding is based on taxes, in particular for the hospital sector, where tax funds account for about 50 per cent of total costs. In addition, as a response to cost containment concerns, co-payments to be made by patients are increasingly used as a third funding source. Overall, about 76 per cent of total health expenditure is publicly funded, 24 per cent is privately funded. In contrast to pension insurance, access to health provision is almost universal.

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