Publications

The European Centre is publishing scientific reports, policy briefs, working papers, a bi-monthly newsletter and an annual report of activities. Furthermore, individual researchers and research teams are distributing their findings regularly in books, peer-reviewed articles, blogs and stakeholder magazines.

 

2015

Beyond the 'guest worker' agreement

Policy Brief

The present Policy brief looks at the portability of pensions and health insurance for pensioners in the migration corridors Austria/Germany vs. Turkey and focuses on the situation in Austria and Germany. The bilateral social security agreement between Germany and Turkey was already concluded in 1964, between Austria and Turkey in 1966. They represent typical recruitment agreements with a broad objective area of application incl. health insurance.

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Active Ageing Index

Policy Brief

The Active Ageing Index (AAI) has been developed for the EU countries during 2012, the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. This Policy Brief summarises the results of the latest 2014 AAI for the 28 EU countries. The in-depth analysis of the constituent parts of the AAI (its 22 indicators in four domains) helps to explore what forms of active ageing potentials of older people have yet to be realised in different countries. With results now available for three data points, the AAI has started to facilitate the benchmarking of country performances, to encourage countries to look at policies and programmes that other countries have adopted and learn from those experiences.

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2014

To make or to buy long-term care? Part III

Policy Brief

With the implementation of New Public Management (NPM), market-oriented governance, deregulation, competition and strengthened user-choice eventually reached also the area of long-term care provision during the 1990s. In contrast to the classical neo-liberal postulations towards deregulation, however, both theoretical considerations and the emerging practice across Europe have shown the imminent necessity to increase efforts in quality assurance in the context of competitive markets in long-term care. This Policy Brief dwells on experiences in a number of European countries on existing practices of quality assurance in long-term care delivery.

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To make or to buy long-term care? Part II

Policy Brief

Market-oriented governance and a strong consumerism discourse have stipulated increased competition and choice in the provision of long-term care services. This re-organisation of long-term care markets that was shaped by the entry of new for-profit and non-profit providers and welfare mixes faced policy-makers with new challenges in steering and regulating service provision. This Policy Brief reviews underlying political arguments and evidence on the experiences of four selected countries in the introduction of quasi-markets.

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To make or to buy long-term care? Part I

Policy Brief

This Policy Brief reviews some of the theoretical insights offered by economic theory (e.g. transaction costs) and other fields of social sciences (e.g. psychology, disability rights) regarding the make or buy decision as applied to long-term care. This is the first part of a trilogy dedicated to the reliance on markets for the delivery of long-term care. The second part will review the implementation of market mechanisms in European countries and the third will address mechanisms to assess and manage quality. This trilogy is based on research funded by the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs.

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