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New Policy Brief: To Make or to Buy Long-term Care? Part III: Quality Assurance to Avoid Market-failure
With the implementation of New Public Management (NPM), market-oriented governance, deregulation, competition and strengthened user-choice eventually reached also the area of long-term care provision during the 1990s. In contrast to the classical neo-liberal postulations towards deregulation, however, both theoretical considerations and the emerging practice across Europe have shown the imminent necessity to increase efforts in quality assurance in the context of competitive markets in long-term care.
This Policy Brief dwells on experiences in a number of European countries on existing practices of quality assurance in long-term care delivery and is the final part of a trilogy dedicated to the reliance on markets for the delivery of long-term care. Read more


Keynote at the Oxford-Birmingham-KIHASA workshop, South Korea
Pieter Vanhuysse gave a keynote address at the Oxford-Birmingham-KIHASA workshop on Reactions to Structural Population Change in East Asia and Europe. Organized with the participation of the universities of Oxford and Birmingham by the Korean Institute of Health and Social Affairs, a social policy think tank directly attached to the South Korean Prime Minister's office, the workshop focused on social policy responses to declining fertility and included lectures by a host of East Asian demographers as well as Stuart Basten (University of Oxford) and Ross Macmillan (Bocconi University).
The Political Adequacy of Quantitative Impact Assessment
On 4 and 5 December Michael Fuchs and Katrin Gasior participated in the European Commission Peer Review "The Political Adequacy of Quantitative Impact Assessment in the Social Field by Means of Micro-simulation Models" in Vienna. Katrin Gasior presented the Austrian online Social Reform Micro-Simulation Model “SORESI”. In the thematic sessions, policy areas for applying micro-simulation in the framework of social impact assessment as well as conditions, potentials and limitations of tax-benefit micro-simulation models were discussed.
Access to Benefits in Times of Crisis
On 25 November Michael Fuchs participated in the Eurofound Expert Workshop on “Access to Benefits in Times of Crisis” in Brussels. He acted as a discussant on the Eurofound Working Paper and reflected on what could be done to reduce the non-take-up gap in terms of administrative measures.
Ireland is preparing for a now rapidly ageing society
Demographically speaking, Ireland is currently in a position which could still be called a ‘window of opportunity’ to pro-actively plan for a now rapidly ageing society. Whilst many European countries have tried to use their ‘window of opportunity’ during the 1990s (but many did not), Ireland could learn a lot from success, but also from failure. Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) is therefore promoting a public debate to decide how to plan and implement the ‘right’ care to individuals at the right time and at the right place, and how to secure resources for long-term care in a fair society. At the NHI Annual Conference Kai Leichsenring gave a keynote speech about challenges, experiences and innovations in long-term care in Europe. His talk was also featured in the NHI News.

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