Bertelsmann Stiftung (ed.)

Dr. Stefan Empter

Policy Brief #2011/01:
The "social" in the social market economy - Justice in Europe

Policy Brief Series Future Social Market Economy

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The social market economy is coping with its most threatening crisis to date. Not only has it been caught in the global financial and economic crisis, but it has also slipped internally into its own deep crisis (of confidence). Some are posing the "social question" anew, while others are focusing their questions on the "social" of the social market economy. Either way, social justice and participation are core requirements for a sustainable economic and social model. These concepts include central aims such as poverty prevention and inclusion, which as sociopolitical modes of activity are also subject to crossnational comparison and assessment.

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