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The Necessity of a New Welfare Culture in the Context of Financial Crisis in Greece

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Kotroyannos, Dimitrios; Kamekis, Apostolos; Tzagkarakis, Stylianos Ioannis; Chourdakis, Marinos

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Abstract The South European countries have been extensively affected by the financial crisis which is followed by austerity measures and public expenditure restraint, especially for social policies. It is well-known that in the countries that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has become the financial supervisor, because of the extensive economic problems that they encounter, the implementing fiscal adjustment measures concentrate on the reduction of the expenditure and as a result, at the retrenchment of the services provided by the welfare state. Since the onset of the financial crisis, data show that the most affected socioeconomic groups are the middle and especially the vulnerable. It is true that the reduction of the spending for social benefits and services has not yet been associated with an increase in the effectiveness of the social services and as a consequence, the impact on the society is severe. This paper aims at examining the alternatives, from a welfare culture perspective, which can offer viable solutions to the process of reforming the welfare state policies in order to become sustainable while promoting the notion of social solidarity and responsibility.
Keywords Southern Europe; health policy; financial crisis; austerity policy; welfare state; solidarity; Greece; public policy; public tasks; IMF; social benefits; social change; social policy; reform
Classification Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Social Policy
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 65-74
Journal European Quarterly of Political Attitudes and Mentalities, 3 (2014) 2
Issue topic welfare culture
ISSN 2285-4916
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works