Quotation Österle, August and Heitzmann, Karin. 2016. Social Sustainability: A Conceptualisation and Application to Long-term Care Policies. Annual ESPAnet Conference 2016: Re-inventing the Welfare State? Rotterdam, Niederlande, 01.09.-03.09.


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Sustainability deals with current practices and its implications for future generations. Fiscal sustainability as one pillar of the sustainability concept is frequently used in social policy analysis and respective considerations are strongly shaping social policy-making. Another core element of the sustainability concept, namely social sustainability, is still rarely used, and if so mostly as a buzzword without giving it much substance. The objective of this article is to (a) conceptualise social sustainability for social policy analysis, and more specifically for care related policies, and to (b) apply selected elements of social sustainability in an exemplary way to a discussion of long-term care policies in Europe. The article undertakes a review of the social sustainability literature to identify the key elements of social sustainability for social policy analysis. With a view to care policies, this analysis identifies needs coverage, work (as the activity to fulfil needs) and equity (with a view to opportunities and distributional outcomes) as three main elements of the social sustainability concept. This framework is then applied to long-term care policies in Europe. Recent developments and new challenges create risks for needs coverage, for care work and for equity considerations. If sustainability is taken seriously, policy analysis and policy making need a better understanding of social sustainability so that the power of the fiscal sustainability focus in policy analysis and policy-making does not overrun social sustainability concerns.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Social Sustainability: A Conceptualisation and Application to Long-term Care Policies
Event Annual ESPAnet Conference 2016: Re-inventing the Welfare State?
Year 2016
Date 01.09.-03.09.
Country Netherlands
Location Rotterdam

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Österle, August (Details)
Heitzmann, Karin (Details)
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Institute for Social Policy IN (Details)
Economics of Inequality FI (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5911 Social policy (Details)
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