Globalizing Welfare
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Globalizing Welfare

An Evolving Asian-European Dialogue

Edited by Stein Kuhnle, Per Selle and Sven E.O. Hort

From the welfare state’s origins in Europe, the idea of human welfare being organized through a civilized, institutionalized and uncorrupt state has caught the imagination of social activists and policy-makers around the world. This is particularly influential where rapid social development is taking place amidst growing social and gender inequality. This book reflects on the growing academic and political interest in global social policy and ‘globalizing welfare’, and pays particular attention to developments in Northern European and North-East Asian countries.
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Chapter 14: The future role of civil society in a welfare state: perspectives from Germany

Helmut K. Anheier


The chapter provides an assessment of the future of German civil society. It argues that the future depends on four developments: the modernization of the welfare state through private-public partnerships; the role of community in an increasingly secular society; the role of transparency and accountability in the political-administrative sphere; and openness towards social innovation. Changes to the concepts of subsidiarity, emphasis on self-organization and the modernization of communal economic traditions are not only implicit in scenarios for the future, but required. The more spheres of civic freedom are based on an individual right to bear responsibility for oneself and for others, the less contradictory and conflictual the future of civil society is expected to be.

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