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Abstract

This report examines six overlapping topics in the area of demography and social trends. The first, the causes of social change, involves globalization, technological change, employment flexibility and insecurity, demographic instability, the aging of the active population, and value changes in European society. Secondly, examination of demography and the labour market focuses on job creation, changing worker composition and worker migration patterns. The recent evolution of a 'mosaic society' is studied in terms of a shift form order and stability to opportunity and risk, and of the widening gap between advantaged and disadvantaged social groups. The areas of work and welfare, fourthly, are expected to require more private welfare programmes; and, in general, the harmonizing of optimum economic productivity with social justice. Education and training will emphasize social and communication skills, intellectual independence, long term rather than short term education, and Life Long Learning. The social role of private enterprise will be to provide for changing personal, intellectual and social needs, and to respond positively to intra-European diversity.

Additional information

Authors: GREAVES C, CEST (GB);OTTISCH M, IPTS, IPTS;GAVIGAN J P, IPTS, IPTS
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 18739 EN (1999), 106pp.
Availability: Available free of charge from JRC Ispra (IT)
Record Number: 199911759 / Last updated on: 2001-06-12
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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