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The Role of International Social Security Standards: An In-depth Study Through the Case of Greece

ISBN13: 9781780681658
Published: May 2013
Publisher: Intersentia Publishers
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print

The international social security standards adopted by the International Labour Organization and the Council of Europe aim at safeguarding and advancing social security, especially at troublesome periods. Within the context of the European Union and beyond, most countries are bound by a variety of these standards. Thus, while each country designed and developed its own social security system, the acceptance and ratification of the standards added to this by providing substantial guidance and a normative context to social security. However, over the years certain shortcomings emerged which have prevented the standards to achieve their full potential and they do not seem to enjoy much enthusiasm anymore. This evokes the question whether and how these standards are still relevant to domestic social security systems. In order to investigate this, an in-depth study of a particular country is essential. Greece is an interesting case study, since it has ratified several standards and has a rather well-developed social security system. Its history of early democracy, the interruption of democracy by the Colonels' regime and its re-establishment in 1974, as well as the re-building and re-organisation of society have significantly influenced the context for the further implementation of these standards and the adoption of new ones. This study gives a thorough insight into how this country has dealt through time with the standards and in the role standards may play. The book contributes to the current international discussion and enriches it by addressing in a manifold way, the question: What are the obstacles to further promoting the international social security standards in a developed social security system? This volume identifies and describes the various obstacles, but also analyses them and places them into a broader systematic framework, shows which of them have proved to be the greatest, demonstrates their interrelation, and makes recommendations about how these obstacles may be overcome. As a result, the book exceeds by far the limits of a single country study and triggers further discussion in view of the recently revived interest for international social security standards, which became apparent during the 2011 and 2012 conferences of the International Labour Organization.