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  • 23 Sep 2011
  • Gérard Adonis
  • Pages: 58
Malta’s socio-economic successes have been remarkable. Key policy decisions have enabled this small island state to cope with its inherent vulnerabilities. This book reviews the implementation of macroeconomic policies in Malta, identifying the key...
  • 31 Mar 2011
  • Rose Marie Azzopardi
  • Pages: 82
SOCIAL POLICIES IN SMALL STATES SERIESThe country case studies and thematic papers in this series examine social policy issues facing small states and the implications for economic development. They show how, despite their inherent vulnerability,...
The Earth’s population has been increasing drastically in these last decades, especially in certain parts of the world where development still lags behind, owing to advancements in research and health across the globe. In the Commonwealth Family of...
The total population of Malta is 413,965 (July 2015) with a ratio of 0.99 male/ female (CIA 2015). Women’s economic participation in Malta has been the focus of several initiatives by the government in recent years. In 2013, the gap between male and...
During the 1960s and 1970s, increased interest was shown by some international organisations, such as the United Nations and the Commonwealth Secretariat, in small states, notably small island states, and the development challenges they faced during...
Malta as a small island state is described as a success story, not only in terms of the development and economic growth it has witnessed, especially since independence, but also in the social realm, where everyone appears to enjoy a good standard of...
In every decade in the history of a country there is some significant event that impinges on its socio-economic environment. For a small state, these normally emanate from the international sphere. Thus for Malta the 1960s meant a transformation of...
Welfare states start modestly, then commence growing in the size and the range of benefits they provide. However, social and political reasons create a ratchet effect which prevents substantial reductions or withdrawal of benefits once introduced....
Malta’s role as a strategic hub in the Mediterranean was by and large the cause of its success during its colourful history under foreign dominion. Its independent life over four decades, with sometimes a resemblance to a roller-coaster ride with...
This section presents the vicissitudes of Malta’s economic and political history from the period before its independence from Britain in the early 1960s to its recent accession to European Union (EU) membership in 2004. It attempts to explain breaks...
This section is subdivided into three parts, each discussing important social indicators in the areas of health, education, and income levels and poverty. At first glance, the social environment appears in good shape, since it is inclusive of all...
The following four paragraphs analyse Malta’s development strategies in the context of the thematic papers by Bertram (forthcoming) on the welfare state and Jenson (2010) on social cohesion. Jurisdictional capacity has helped all governments take...
The social security system in Malta dates back to the Knights of St John, who provided assistance to the poor and in the mid-seventeenth century set up charitable institutions to continue this work. Later, in 1885, members of the Malta police force...
Since the successful launch of the Commonwealth Profiles series in 1995, much has happened. When the Auckland CHOGM of 1995 mandated its ‘Towards a New Public Administration' Programme, many Commonwealth member countries, to a greater or lesser...
In the early 1990s a new top management structure was put in place as part of the ongoing Public Service reform programme. It is a unified structure consisting of four basic levels (Permanent Secretary, Director General, Director and Assistant...
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