A Strong and Democratic Public Sector

  • Jörg Huffschmid


The development and implementation of a European Social Model (ESM) require the construction of public services on a European scale. In Chapter 5 it was shown that the progress of competition-led integration has paralysed the traditional public service structures of member states without establishing a genuinely European public space. The absence of any functioning European social networks is a contributing factor in the current weakness of the European economy. Stagnation and tax competition undermine public revenues and are leading to the destruction of the traditional welfare systems. The balance between private competition and public regulation has been severely distorted towards the rule of competition and it needs a comprehensive re-evaluation of the status of the public sector within the EU. This revision should abandon the a priori assumption of the general superiority of the market.


Public Sector Public Good Public Service Private Firm Universal Service 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jörg Huffschmid
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  1. 1.University of BremenGermany

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