A Comparative Analysis of Welfare Systems and the Health and Social Sector: Evidence from 16 European Countries

The purpose of this paper is to analyse the differences and similarities between 16 European Member States1 with regard to welfare systems, thereby defining possible groups of homogeneous countries. The model analyses social protection expenditure, the employment characteristics of the social sector and some variables concerning child and long term care. Read More

Costs of Political Intermediation and Sustainability of the European Social Model in Health Care: the Dutch Example

1. The European Social Model can be Safeguarded only by Agreeing to Reshape it

Europe will not emerge from the Great Crisis to take up where it left off. Like it or not, and even if politicians, especially in Italy with few exceptions, do their best to reassure and treat their voters as small children from whom it is always advisable to hide the ugly truth (and voters do little to have somebody tell them), it would certainly not be possible to revive the old industrial society, its certainties, its rhythms, its stable and standardised prospects. Read More


The Lenghtening of the Life-Cycle appears more and more to be a decisive, even revolutionary event of our times. It is spreading worldwide and it concerns the economic development as well as society at large.
The European Papers on the New Welfare are dedicated to better understand this phenomenon and to stimulate discussion on adequate solutions, in particular with reference to the ‘counter-ageing society’, the ‘rejuvenation’ (svecchiamento) of the elder and their active participation in and contribution to the every day life. Let us point out a few key reference points:
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