Volume: Volume 4(1) - 2000
Article type: Refereed article
Author/s: Dekker, Adriette, Linda Jansen van Rensburg, Rene Liffman, Mark Thompson and Adriaan van der Walt
The article presents an overview of the concept of social security, dealing with the origins of the concept as well as its modern form and stressing the importance of the concept of solidarity for a successful and inclusive social security system. It further advocates a functional definition of social security, moving away from the notion of social security merely as measures of a public nature to an approach inclusive of all instruments able to guarantee social security that are available to society.