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Social Policy — Constructing European Identity

01 Jan 2017-pp 121-152
TL;DR: In this article, the authors focused on the Commission social dimension discourse, an area with great border-transforming potential given the role the welfare state played in the establishment of the borders of the traditional order.
Abstract: This chapter is focused on the Commission social dimension discourse, an area with great border-transforming potential given the role the welfare state played in the establishment of the borders of the traditional order. It argues that this policy field transforms identity borders. The key characteristic of the identity borders constructed through the Commission social dimension discourse is that they are more open and flexible in comparison to traditional ones. The examination of the Commission discourse reveals that despite the de-bordering trend towards the establishment of a common European social space, there are also border construction and reconstruction dynamics. These are a result of the EU social policy governance structure, which restricts the Commission’s ability to promote de-bordering.
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TL;DR: There are four different European social models, each with its own performance in terms of efficiency and equity as discussed by the authors, and the Nordic and the Anglo-Saxon models are both efficient, but only the former manages to combine equity and efficiency.
Abstract: Globalization implies changes that createboth threats and opportunities. The challenge for Europe is to become flexible in order to avail of the opportunities this brings and surmount the threats. This requires reforming labour market and social policies. When thinking about such reforms the notion of a single 'European social model' is largely irrelevant. There are four different European social models, each with its own performance in terms of efficiency and equity. The Nordic and the Anglo-Saxon models are both efficient, but only the former manages to combine equity and efficiency. The Continental and Mediterranean models are inefficient and unsustainable; they must therefore be reformed. © 2000 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

61 citations

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TL;DR: The European Union has a special role to play in it as mentioned in this paper, it is the only regional organization that not only preserves but also expands, it also guarantees citizens peace, freedom, high quality of life, which creates a particular appeal to the world's society.
Abstract: The development of the process of globalization during the transition period from the 20th to the 21st century imposed a new socio-political and cultural differentiation. Countries are no longer isolated, they are no longer autonomous in the satisfaction of their political interests. They are interconnected and interdependent. In addition, it has moved from a bipolar to multipolar world system. The European Union has a special role to play in it. It is the only regional organization that not only preserves but also expands. It also guarantees citizens peace, freedom, high quality of life, which creates a particular appeal to the world's society. Naturally, he has also been subject to crises, such as the debt crisis, UK leaving and the temporary successes of national anti-European parties and movements. Resisting these crises enables him to achieve a higher degree of integration, relying on the solidarity of member states and citizens of the Union, uniting all European countries and peoples from the Atlantic to the Pacific, including Russia.

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TL;DR: The authors surveys the debate regarding Esping-Andersen's typology of welfare states and reviews the modified or alternative typologies ensuing from this debate and confine themselves to the classif...
Abstract: This paper surveys the debate regarding Esping-Andersen's typology of welfare states and reviews the modified or alternative typologies ensuing from this debate. We confine ourselves to the classif...

1,120 citations


"Social Policy — Constructing Europe..." refers background in this paper

  • ...Despite a growing body of academic literature pointing to the existence of distinctive social models between the EU member states (cf. Arts and Gelissen 2002 ; Ebbinghaus 1999 ), the Commission’s social dimension articulations with their references to a European model imply that whatever the…...

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01 Jan 1994
TL;DR: A systematically updated and entirely redesigned new edition of the leading text on the European Union is presented in this article, accompanied by an all-new companion website and includes new chapters on member state relations and interest representation.
Abstract: A systematically updated and entirely redesigned new edition of the leading text on the European Union. The seventh edition is packed with new features, accompanied by an all-new companion website and includes new chapters on member state relations and interest representation.

881 citations


"Social Policy — Constructing Europe..." refers background in this paper

  • ...…however, by new safeguard procedures that could strengthen the member states’ control over their social security systems in the future (based on Falkner 2010 : 276–81; for further details, see also Dinan 2005 , esp. ch. 14; Falkner 2003 ; Hix and Høyland 2011 : 206–9; or Nugent 2010 : 340–3)....

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TL;DR: In this article, the authors discuss two options, closer co-operation and a combination of differentiated "framework directives" with the open method of co-ordination, to overcome the constitutional asymmetry between market efficiencies and policies promoting social protection and equality.
Abstract: European integration has created a constitutional asymmetry between policies promoting market efficiencies and policies promoting social protection and equality. National welfare states are legally and economically constrained by European rules of economic integration, liberalization and competition law, whereas efforts to adopt European social policies are politically impeded by the diversity of national welfare states, differing not only in levels of economic development and hence in their ability to pay for social transfers and services but, even more significantly, in their normative aspirations and institutional structures. In response, the ‘open method of coordination’ is now being applied in the social-policy field. It leaves effective policy choices at the national level, but tries to improve these through promoting common objectives and common indicators, and through comparative evaluations of national policy performance. These efforts are useful but cannot overcome the constitutional asymmetry. Hence there is reason to search for solutions which must have the character of European law in order to establish constitutional parity with the rules of European economic integration, but which also must be sufficiently differentiated to accommodate the existing diversity of national welfare regimes. The article discusses two such options, ‘closer co-operation’ and a combination of differentiated ‘framework directives’ with the open method of co-ordination.

819 citations

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TL;DR: There are four different European social models, each with its own performance in terms of efficiency and equity as mentioned in this paper, and the Nordic and the Anglo-Saxon models are both efficient, but only the former manages to combine equity and efficiency.
Abstract: Globalization implies changes that create both threats and opportunities. The challenge for Europe is to become flexible in order to avail of the opportunities this brings and surmount the threats. This requires reforming labour market and social policies. When thinking about such reforms the notion of a single ‘European social model’ is largely irrelevant. There are four different European social models, each with its own performance in terms of efficiency and equity. The Nordic and the Anglo-Saxon models are both efficient, but only the former manages to combine equity and efficiency. The Continental and Mediterranean models are inefficient and unsustainable; they must therefore be reformed.

595 citations