From Plato to Prodi

Polity, Politics and Policy

Michel Albert: Capitalisme contre Capitalisme; originally from - Août 4ième, 2002 The text documented here is a short presentation of the main ideas of the book from 1991 by the same author which provided probably for the first time a somewhat original view on welfare states in a Western-global perspective.
Gosta Esping-Andersen: The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism An excerpt from Part one on The Three Political Economies of the Welfare State, outlining the fundamental ideas of the different Welfare State Regimes
Manuel Castells: European unification in the era of the network state For many times European integration had been approached in its distinctiveness, compared with the traditional nation state. In my own attempts in the early 1990s I dealt with it as Politics bypassing the nation state; political scientists as in particular Beate Kohler-Koch, Giandomenico Majone, Fritz W. Scharpf or Helen Wallace introduced and discussed the concept of the multilayered process of integration.

The article by Castells from the OPEN DEMOCRACY network gives an insight into the emerging structures which currently gives raise to the debate on European Governance to which documents are published on this page (from the Forward Studies Unit)  and on the page with official documents (White Paper on Governance). 

Governance in the European Union; Edited by Olivier De Schutter,Notis Lebessis and John Paterson; Forward Studies Unit from the European Commission

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Scenarios Europe 2010. Five possible futures for europe; Gilles Bertrand (Coord.); Anna Michalski; Lucio R. Pench; Forward Studies Unit from the European Commission. Working Paper July 1999

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Anna Mundow: The business of prison


Business as for profit enterprises in the US. What mostly is defended as being money spent for the security of society is in fact a source of huge income for some people. Mostl likely this will be a pattern for future politicas an other areas - when we may read at the entrance door of a hospitals: heart attacks only Mondays, from 900 to 1500 hrs  please cionfirm booking well in advance.
Amsterdam Declaration on the Social Quality of Europe A political initiative by several researchers from various social science disciplines brought together by the interest in promoting a democratic and social Europe. As such it is an open platform.
O. Keohane/S. Nye Realism, functionalism  
Tony Blair/Gerhard Schröder: Europe: The Third Way/Die Neue Mitte

Launched in 1999, this document had been first as even if not pioneering, so at least as epoch-making. It was since a long time the first party-official statement by two of the leading EU-social democrats proposing as matter of actual policy-making what had been discussed since the early years of the previous century (if not before - Karl Marx text, analysing the Gotha Programme of the Social Democrats, Frederick Engels on Socialism: Utopian and Scientific and not least many of the philosophical texts are testimony of the early debates . Owenismus and certain parts of the co-operative movements had been as well a kind of predecessors.

However, after World War II in general and after the social democratic turn after Thatcherism and Kohl-empire this had been a first declaration of this kind; and it had been pronouncedly thought as international document. Furthermore, it had been remarkable in pointing on the link between the British and the German Social Democrats, leaving in particular the traditionally strong German-French link somewhat behind.

What is now interesting is that already now the paper is barely remembered. Even on the website of both parties it could not be made out and a request to send a file of the document had been answered by sending a rather slovenly photocopy. The access, thus had to go the detour – the text had been documented on a Spanish website, provided by El Mundo.

John Evans:

Towards a Welfare Economic Society. 
Market and Social Solidarity in the 21st Century Japan

JTUC-RIALS 10TH ANNIVERSARY SYMPOSIUM on Trade Union's Challenge into the 21st Century : Shaping the Future of Work. December 3-5, 1997. Ikenohata Culture Center, Tokyo, Japan Economic Society for the 21st Century: Can "Social Mark et Economy" be a Model for the Future?

RENGO Reserch Institute Report




Jurgen Hoffmann/Rainer Hoffmann:

Globalization-risks and opportunities
for labor policy in Europe
graphic Slide presentation: What is gloablisation and why should we be concerned about it? 13 basic slides presenting elements of globalisation (produced as an educational support for November 9 Global Unions Day of Action)
graphic A Trade Union Guide to Globalisation

The 144-page Global Unions publication, released by the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions on March 26, 2002, focuses on the impact of globalisation on workers, and trade union responses, such as international solidarity actions. Aimed at trade union leaders and members, the book will also be a valuable resource for others with an interest in the social impact of globalisation.

John Doling: Comparative Housing Policy. Government and Housing in Advanced Industrialized Countries An excerpt from the first chapter 'Housing Policy: Origins and Variations' gives an overview over some important aspects of housing policy.
Peter Herrmann: Subsidiaritaet oder die falsche Zurueckhaltung; from: Nachrichtendienst des Deutschen Vereins fuer oeffentliche und private Fuersorge; Frankfurt/M., Issue 2/1995: pp. 79 – 86 The article gives an overview over the development of the early development of EU-policies to combat poverty.
Brian Harvey: Guide to Equality and the Policies, Institutions and Programmes of the European Union This document had been kindly put to the disposal by the Equality Authority for the publication on this website. Even if it does not the official view of the Authority not of the European Communities it is a very helpful clear guide to general questions of how the institutional system of the EU works.

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Franz Hamburger: Geblendet von der Schönheit des Marktes

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Looking at recent developments in third level education and the perspectives set by the so-called Bologna process, Franz Hamburger provides an overview of what we will have to face in the coming years if politicians go ahead with their plans - an article from issue 4/2004 of SOZIALEXTRA. Zeitschrift für Soziale Arbeit&Sozialpolitik; Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften