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The state and new social responsabilities in a globalising world (Trends in social cohesion No. 6) (2003)
This sixth volume in the series "Trends in social cohesion" presents some of the outcomes of the Forum on New Social Responsability in a Globalising World: the Role of the State, the Market and Civil Society, held in Strasbourg in October 2002. The forum was intended to help clarify the impact of globalisation on redefining the way social responsability is understood and exercised at state, market and civil society levels.
Social responsability not only concerns the freedom and independence of individuals or bodies: it is also a factor in collective well-being in just and balanced societies. At the same time it covers the idea of coexistence, co-operation and the need for participation by all individuals.
I - To what extent is globalisation weakening the capacity for action by governments in the area of social cohesion?
II - Human rights and liberalisation of markets: the social responsability of international organisations to make market competition and social rights mutually consistent.
III - Do governments still have the power to impose legal (socio-economic) frameworks to the exercise of social responsability?
IV - The importance of the European social model in the debate on globalisation.