Prof. Dr. Rudolph Bauer

UNIVERSITY OF BREMEN

Institute for Local Social Politics and Nonprofit Organisations | i.l.s.

 

Welfare Cultures, Social Services, and their Providers –

challenged by Economic Globalisation

 

Department of Applied Social Studies Lecture

University College Cork - 15 November 2002

 I. Social Care Traditions in Europe, and Welfare Cultures

 II. Globalisation / Global Economy – an Explanation

 III. The Individual Vis-à-vis Economic Globality

 IV. Service Providers: Germany’s Voluntary Welfare Organisations

 V. Challenges to Private Voluntary Providers of Social Services

 VI. Conclusion and Final Questions

 

I. Social Care Traditions in Europe, and Welfare Cultures

1. The Christian-Jewish Tradition

2. The Tradition of Enlightenment

3. The Tradition of social and political movements

4. The German Welfare Culture – an Example

 

II. Globalisation / Global Economy – an Explanation

1. The Definition: A World-wide System of Economic Actors

2. Manifestations: Fact of Globality, Processes of Globalisation

3. Three Areas of Globality:

·      Global Flows of Capital Funds and Financial Assets

·      Global Commercial Transactions of Goods and Services

·      World-wide Location of Productive Investments

4. Three Stages of Globalisation:

·      Stage of Economic Colonialism

·      Stage of Multi-national Economic Co-operation

·      Stage of Borderless Global Economy

 

III. The Individual Vis-à-vis Economic Globality

1. The Individual – a Human Being: Enrichment and Diversity

2. Individuals as Economic Actors: Consumers & Work Force

3. Individuals’ Socio-economic Status: Increasing Heterogeneity

 

IV. Service Providers: Germany’s Voluntary Welfare Organisations

1. The Composition

2. The Size

3. The Growth

4. The Revenues

 

V. Challenges to Private Voluntary Providers of Social Services

1. Bargaining Procedures

2. Financing Modalities

3. Distribution of Responsibilities

4. Cultural References

 

VI. Conclusions and Final Questions

1. Growing Importance of Economic and Commercial Criteria

2. Starting Competitions

3. Incentives to Care for Family Members

4. Changing Relationships between Government and 3rd Sector

5. Final Questions