n Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap - Examining social security in Norway and South Africa
Norms and institutional design : social security in Norway and South Africa, Olivier, M. & Kuhnle, S. (Eds.) : book review

Volume 73, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0023-270X
  • E-ISSN: 2304-8557



Ever since philosophers, such as Thomas Hill Green (1836-1882), started to support a government that would take positive steps to improve the lives of people through specific policies, the welfare state and the idea of social security have become of scholarly importance. This book focuses on the critical elements and criteria which are necessary in an institutional framework to ensure the provision of effective and efficient social security in South Africa. The editors endeavour to obtain answers to the following questions : What are the norms and standards which should guide the (re)-designing of principal institutional arrangements for social security provisioning and service delivery? Why should some standards be chosen rather than others? Why and how are certain norms / standards /institutions justified above the use of others? To what extent are seemingly successful arrangements in other countries or regions applicable in the South African and broader regional (Southern African) context? What lessons are learned from experiences of European countries, particularly from the Scandinavian experience in Norway?

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