The European Identity of Welfare and the Economic Crisis


Corina Cace
Sorin Cace
Victor Nicolăescu
Luminița Dumitrescu


The current economic crisis has pushed the European Union member states into recession. Most affected are the new member states which adhered in 2004 and 2007. The foundation of the European identity recorded at the level of citizens' representations was built also on the consolidated system of welfare which was specific to western countries. Within the context of a post-crisis evolution, the article offers the possibility to reflect to an evaluation of the dynamics of political and technical decisions undertaken by the European institutions to support new member states for an active participation into European construction during the crisis period. From this perspective it is worthy to note that the delay in the decision making processes designed to diminish the effects of economic crisis in an integrative manner is due both to the lack of experience in the management of major critical situations within the EU -27 formula but also to a prudent and timed exercise of the new member states in terms of their fully undertaking the European identity into a welfare space defined by liberty, security and justice. The article underlined the success of positive conditionality recorded during the pre-accession period for most of the member states shall become institutionalized due to new measures adopted by European institutions and on the long run shall encourage co-participation of all member states into overcoming the crisis and to consolidate the European identity level based on welfare dimension.


Author Biographies

Corina Cace, Academy of Economic Studies

Training Department

Address: Academy of Economic Studies, Training Department, Piața Romană nr. 6, sector 1, 010374, Bucharest, Romania.

Sorin Cace, Research Institute for the Quality of Life, Romanian Academy

Address: Calea 13 Septembrie nr. 13, sector 5, 050711, Bucharest, Romania.


Victor Nicolăescu, Petre Andrei University of Iași

Faculty of Social Work and Sociology

Address: Strada Ghica Vodă nr. 13, 700400, Iași, Romania.


Luminița Dumitrescu, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Human Resources Department

Author adress: Aleea Alexandru nr. 31, Sector 1, 011822, Bucharest, Romania.

How to Cite
Cace, C., Cace, S., Nicolăescu, V., & Dumitrescu, L. (2011). The European Identity of Welfare and the Economic Crisis. Sociologie Românească, 9(2), 113-126. Retrieved from