Shaping social policy through alliances

Excessive demands – not of a personal, but of a structural nature – arise wherever policy and administration are ascribed the capability and the responsibility to solve societal problems of all types and levels of complexity with the means at their disposal: money, law and communication.

Living independently for longer in old age, balancing work and family life, shaping demographic change, lifelong learning – in all these modern societal issues, policy makers can however only operate truly successfully in alliances and networks formed with others.

Our focus is on innovative ways of working in such networks, creating a new form of horizontal subsidiarity defined by effect- and outcome-oriented methods of collaborating within networks that are both socio-politically successful and economically prudent.

Family Policies and Civil Society: How to Implement the Subsidiarity Principle Partnerships and Alliances for Family: a Project for Europe?, Conference on “National plans and family Policies in Europe”; Bologna (2010)


The German Initiative “Lokale Bündnisse für Familie”, in: Pursuing the Common Good: How Solidarity and Subsidiarity Can Work Together, 356-376, Vatican City, 2008


Leben im Alter neu denken – Kreis Borken bewegt, Kreis Borken (Hrsg.), 2007