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A Value-Driven European Future

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Léonce Bekemans

Comprising a well structured, interdisciplinary view of culturally founded and value driven reflections on Europe’s future this volume brings together a number of papers from an international workshop organised by the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence of the University of Padua on October 2011 with some additional contributions. The essays are posed within a policy-oriented, institutional and international law of human rights framework, following a non-conventional but inspiring approach. This book provides a valuable resource for European scholars, policy-makers and interested and critical citizens committed to the idea of Europe. It proposes a reading of the complexities of transforming realities, oriented towards a common destiny of sustainable and cohesive societies in a globalised world, providing a human-centric outline for Europe’s future development.

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PART III. PERSPECTIVES OF AVALUE ORIENTED EUROPE IN THE WORLD

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PART III PERSPECTIVES OF A VALUE ORIENTED EUROPE IN THE WORLD 141 A Value-Driven Orientation: Introduction Léonce BEKEMANS Part III contains a variety of contributions which deal with the perspectives of a value oriented Europe in the world. They focus on basic applied dimensions such as the social market economy, the institutional context, the common good or the education perspective. Part III is further developed in papers which concern specific European/international issues related to the Islam tradition and the Eastern European area. In his contribution “The European Social Market Economy in the Economic and Monetary Union,” Dario Velo, Professor and chairman of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence of the University of Pavia, refers to the crisis of 1968 to describe the current process of the Economic Union. Velo argues for a European government of a European economy to manage the transition towards a new economic and social order. The issues in question are the relationship between the economy and society, between society and the State, the division of roles between State and the market, welfare reform, sustainable development and the need to remodel manufacturing processes in an environmentally friendly way. He favours a European social market economy, being a new order that reconciles freedom, solidarity and new forms of democratic participation in a way that is consistent with the emerging forces of European society. The contribution by Luc Van den Brande, current president of the CIVEX Commission of the Committee of the Regions, dealing with “Institutional and International...

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