03 The Welfare State

Are we laying the Welfare State to rest? Has its end really come? The crisis which has scourged Europe over recent years, and in particular countries such as Spain, has highlighted the weakness of States in protecting and maintaining public services which are essential for a society registering continuous demographic growth. Public finance systems are buckling, revealing their inability to support the administration of rights such as social security, health care, education, pensions and care for the disabled. States’ coffers are running low, and day by day we see more social rights fall by the wayside, more public services die off, and a new lost generation come into being. But do we know what is truly at stake? [...]

The voices

VÍDEO: The voice of a trader

Josef Ajram

VÍDEO: The future of Welfare StateJosef Ajram

Writer, sportsman and trader

Josef Ajram talks about Spain’s current pension models on this video.

The voice of an academic director of Health Economics programmes

Jaume Puig-Junoy

Putting affairs in order to give value to Public HealthcareJaume Puig-Junoy

Director of Health Economics programmes, Barcelona School of Management

Despite the still relatively robust condition of public health care in Spain, provided that the axe of budgetary cutbacks does not ultimately destabilise it in the short term, the medium-term [...]

The voice of Economy and Financial expert

Oriol Amat

Is the current welfare state sustainable?Oriol Amat

Professor of Economy and Financial Programmes, Barcelona School of Management

The welfare state essentially comprises such provisions as pensions, unemployment benefit and services including healthcare, education, care for dependent people and other social services. There is a broad consensus that [...]

The voice of a Public Policy Director

Vicenç Navarro

In Defence of the Welfare StateVicenç Navarro

Professor of Public Policy, IDEC-Pompeu Fabra University

One of the great victories of progressive forces in the Western world has been the establishment of the Welfare State, which includes those public transfers (such as, for example, retirement [...]

The voice of an academic director of Publishing programmes

Javier Aparicio Maydeu

What place does culture hold in a welfare society?Javier Aparicio Maydeu

Director of Publishing programmes at IDEC-UPF

Many may feel, and not without reason, that it should supplement the creation of citizenship, contribute to our emotional balance, distract us from the stress caused by our work, increase [...]

The voice of the company by VidaCaixa

José Antonio Iglesias

On the starting lineJosé Antonio Iglesias

Marketing and Business Development director of VidaCaixa

The moments right before the horns blast indicating the start of a regatta are always exciting. There is a certain confusion, there are mixed strategies, sudden changes due to the [...]

The voice of an academic director of Tax System programmes

Antoni Duran-Sindreu Buxadé

Taxes and public SpendingAntoni Duran-Sindreu Buxadé

Director of Tax System Programmes, Barcelona School of Management

Taxes, as the Constitution states, are the technical instrument necessary to cover public spending. The main action undertaken by the Government therefore has to be focused on spending, or even [...]

The voice of MBA student

Carlos Casanova

Without the heart, the person is never presentCarlos Casanova

Architect and former MBA student at Barcelona School of Management

As human beings we are born with different levels of evolution in terms of the three innate capacities we enjoy: thinking, feeling and acting, and while one of these may [...]