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  • For a New Humanism of the Economy

    The Social Doctrine of the Church (SDC) can contribute to define a "new humanism in the economy", since the economy needs ethics in order to function correctly. SDC identifies four permanent principles: the dignity of the human person, the common good, subsidiarity, and solidarity, which can be summarized in the "integral human development and the central role of the person". By convention, the SDC begins with Pope Leo XIII’s Encyclical Letter "Rerum Novarum" (1891) and its construction has happened through the addition of arguments, and the deepening into the discussion of these arguments, made by the pontifical encyclicals from Pius XI until Bededict XVI, passing through the Second Vatican Council’s pastoral constitution Gaudium et Spes and the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the...

  • No Virtute like Necessity? Cooperation between the Poles of National Sovereignity and European Army - Some Thoughts for a Systemic Approach

  • Reinforcing Economy and Monetary Union and Welfare State Policy

    This Paper raises three arguments to reinforce the economic and social aspects of the Economic and Monetary Union. First, the Welfare State is not responsible for the crisis and its effects on fiscal deficits and unemployment levels. Second, the reduction of public deficits cannot be based on more cutbacks in social policies. Third, if analysts and citizens would better perceive the incentives and costs of public policies, governmental actions should gain in efficiency, stability, equity and stimulus of economic growth. These arguments are developed from three perspectives: the Welfare State as a public expenditure, as a framework of social policies, and as a sustainable common investment. In conclusion, by opposition to the neo-liberal paradigm and its insistence on reducing the size o...

  • Social Market Economy and Economic Democracy: the Trade Union's Role

    The paper discusses the role that the trade union can play in the construction of the new European Social Market Economy, widening the frontiers of democracy. In the current situation of "social dismantling", it is necessary in fact to increase the number of the protagonists of the political, economic, and social life, emphasising the principle of the common good and its cultural values. In this framework, according to the Author, the trade union must take full responsibility for directing, controlling and managing economic and social choices, shifting from the "culture of consequences" to the "culture of project", in order to contribute to a good, or at least decent, life expectancy for everybody.

  • Social Market Economy and Its Universal Validity

    The purpose of this analysis was to outline the concept, the principles and the universality of social market economy. Its elements are not only valid in Europe, but they can rather be applied worldwide. As most of the highly developed countries in the world show signs of the institutions of social market economy and the good economic performance can be traced back to these institutions, social market economy is applicable worldwide. Furthermore, the successful implementation of the principles of social market economy in countries with unstable social and economic conditions, as shown in the example of post-war Germany, underlines the universality of the concept. There is absolutely no proof that a European model is by any means more competitive or more social or more successful, than a...

  • Social Market Economy and the European Union. Ordnungspolitik during the Crisis

    Although the notion Ordnungspolitik still remains foreign to many Europeans, it could be seen as a leitmotiv of Social Market Economy. The history of European integration has not followed Röpke’s ideal of "bottom-up integration", of liberalism and charity that begins "at home". However, European integration has to some extent been successful in terms of Ordnungspolitik. This is mainly thanks to the handover of responsibilities such as open markets and the protection of competition to largely independent bodies (such as the European Commission and the ECJ). However, in the area of fiscal and monetary policy, self-commitment via Treaties (the Stability and Growth Pact) and delegation (ECB) has proven itself to be inadequate and lacking in credibility. Thereby, the current crisis of confid...

  • Social Market Economy and the Future of European Unification

    Europe and the world are now facing one another with two opposing visions containing a series of forces and ideas. A first perspective asserted itself in the last part of the XX century and resulted in globalisation, radical liberism (market without institutions) and relativism. A second perspective is appearing now as a convergence of new ideals, and includes a new humanism, a Social Market Economy, neo-liberalism (orderly relations between State and markets), human rights, federalism and subsidiarity. Europe can develop a new economic, social and institutional order, in this second perspective. Rules are called upon to guarantee the orderly development of this new Europe. Monetary Union has already approved rules aimed at guaranteeing the management of inflation and State deficits whi...

  • Social Services of General Interest (SSGI) and the Sustainability of European Social Model

    This text analyses the features of SSIG within the broad category of SIG. Since no biding definition can be found either in primary or secondary EU law, social services have to be considered in accordance to the principles, aims and organization forms they are delivered. It is then analysed the legal framework and the role of SSGI in fulfilling territorial, social and economic cohesion, high level of employment, equality, social inclusion and economic growth. The social dimension of the EU integration process reinforced by the Treaty of Lisbon determines, in our view, an increasing relevance of SSIG and the adjustment of EU law to their specificity. As many European countries face serious financial constraints, reforming welfare state becomes imperative, but only reforms based on social...

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