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The future of the welfare state in the context of globalization - the German example

Following the political, social, economic and human catastrophes of the first half of the twentieth century and the liberation from fascism in 1945, there was broad consensus in Germany that the socio-economic reconstruction of the country should move towards securing prosperity and comprehensive social participation for the greatest possible part of its population.
"The understanding of the social market economy reached its peak in the famous Gemeinsames Wort ("Common Word" issued by the German Protestant and Catholic Churches in 1997. It states that:

The Model of the Social Market Economy is a productive compromise between economic freedom and social balance. It is considered "social" because its goal is a system of socially just compensation, with everyone participating and sharing according to their ability in social, cultural and economic life, whether they be in paid work or not... It is essential to an understanding of the social market economy to realize that economic success and social balance are goals of equal rank and that each has to be seen as a precondition for the other."

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