By Ive Marx
Social scientists, politicians, and economists have lately been fascinated with the concept that the complex welfare states of Europe face a “New Social Question.” The middle notion is that the transition from an business to a postindustrial setting has introduced with it a complete new set of social dangers, constraints, and trade-offs, which necessitate radical recalibration of social defense platforms. a brand new Social query? analyzes that question intensive, with specific cognizance to the matter of source of revenue security and the problems dealing with Bismarckian welfare states. will probably be valuable examining for an individual attracted to realizing the way forward for eu social coverage.
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1, which provides an overview of how the cohort of 25- to 35-year-olds fared between 1976 and 1997, a 20-year period that does, after all, cover a large part of their active lives. The cohort perspective is also interesting because it does not require us to take into account the relative value of degrees. After all, the proportion of people with a specific type of degree remains relatively constant as the cohort ages: relatively few people succeed in improving their level of education substantially during their active lives.
4 Source: Belgian Socio-Economic Panel Survey. 8 Poverty rate by educational quartile, 1976-1997. Level in 1997 and 19761997 percentage point diﬀerence 25-64 years 25-44 years 1997 1976-1997 1997 1976-1997 Ed. 9 Ed. 2 4/1 (per. 6 Source: Belgian Socio-Economic Panel Survey. indd 42 8-12-2006 15:12:44 One should of course keep in mind that those of working age constitute a very broad segment of the population. This is important, as the younger active generation is much more skilled than the previous generation.
The fact that dependency levels did not rise further over the past decade or so is not in itself proof that underlying need has not increased further. Similarly, the fact that dependency levels remain high, even in the context of improved economic conditions, is not in itself proof that the underlying need for compensatory income redistribution remains high. I suspect, moreover, that in the end it may prove very difficult to untangle the role of ‘exogenous’ (trade, technology, deindustrialisation) and ‘endogenous’ factors (corporatism, path dependency) in what we are trying to understand here – the decline of economic selfreliance.