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Social protection reform in Georgia : principles and perspectives from Germany

  • Using a life-cycle approach, we identify key gaps for social reform in Georgia. The reduction of informal work is the most pressing of these, since formal employment is the backbone of any robust and reliable social insurance scheme. At the same time, greater financial resources are required through taxation in order to enable systematic social reform in Georgia. Both interventions are needed in order to fill the gaps in the current social protection system, which include the limited scope of pension and health insurance, as well as the lack of permanent unemployment insurance and universal child benefits. Against the background of Germany’s long experience with social protection, we outline the main principles of the German welfare state and present the design of three main social insurance branches (pensions, health and unemployment). Based on the mixed experience that has emerged in Germany, in particular due to path dependencies and political deadlock, we derive lessons that inform a clear and coherent vision for social reform in Georgia.

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Document Type:Working Paper
Author:Remi Maier-Rigaud, Simona Helmsmüller
Number of pages:24
Publisher:Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung |Tbilisi Office
Place of publication:Tbilisi
Contributing Corporation:Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Regional Office for the South Caucasus
Date of first publication:2022/05/01
Keyword:Georgien; Soziale Sicherheit; Sozialpolitik
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Sozialpolitik und Soziale Sicherung
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):3 Sozialwissenschaften / 36 Soziale Probleme, Sozialdienste / 360 Soziale Probleme und Sozialdienste; Verbände
Entry in this database:2023/04/18