Special Issue "Sustainability and Social Policy"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 June 2019
The purpose of this Special Issue is to discuss the concept of sustainability in relation to social policy. Analysis of sustainable development goals adopted by the UN in 2015, shows clearly that social policies—related to education, health, social protection, housing etc.—are indispensable to achieve sustainable development. However, in discussion about social policies, constituting welfare state, often the concept of sustainability is used in its narrow, financial meaning (linking the characteristics of policies to fiscal capacity of the state) where it serves to question affordability of certain policies and is used as the rationale for retrenchment. Additionally, in the context of sustainable development goals there are debates concerning size of resources which would have to be mobilized within the countries and internationally to achieve the goals.
We welcome contributions, which address the following questions: 1) What are the interrelations between notions of sustainability (in its different meanings), affordability and adequacy in social policy debates? 2) What are the uses (and abuses) of notion of sustainability in local, national and international social policy debates? 3) What are the conflict lines between notions of sustainability, affordability and adequacy of policies, but also with more general values such as solidarity or equality? What is the role of political will in making different social policies sustainable, affordable and adequate? We encourage submissions from all fields of social policy, but also intersections of welfare state and fiscal policy, environmental policy, demography, etc.
Dr. Krzysztof Hagemejer
Dr. Michał Polakowski
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- social policy
- social security
- social protection
- welfare state
- public finance
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: How the Sharing Economy Undermines the Sustainability of European Welfare States
Author: Robert Henry Cox
Affiliation: University of South Carolina
Abstract: The sharing economy, also called the gig economy and the collaborative economy, is a new sector of the economy made possible by digital technologies that poses several potential challenges to the sustainability of European Welfare states. Taking a close examination of these challenges, this article finds that the challenges most frequently cited, such as marginalized employment or disenfranchisement from the benefit system of welfare states, are not likely to pose major problems. However, two aspects of the sharing economy pose significant challenges. First, the ability to source economic goods and services across national boundaries offers a fundamental threat to the territorial integrity of European welfare states. Second, the anonymity of the internet, and verification mechanisms established to create trust in the face of digital anonymity, substitute for the organic forms of trust and solidarity that are at the foundation of welfare states.