|Author (Person)||Vaughan-Whitehead, Daniel|
|Content Type||Textbook | Monograph|
The European Social Model has been an integral part of the construction of the European Community and has been effective in stimulating its economic growth. This social dimension represents the soul of the European Union, and has been envied and adopted by other regions and countries in the world.
Under the pressure of the 2008 financial crisis and the subsequent introduction of austerity measures across Europe, many countries have reformed basic elements of the model including social protection, pensions, public services, workers’ rights, quality of jobs, working conditions and social dialogue, often undermining social cohesion. These trends have raised questions: is Europe currently losing its legacy? If so, what are the social and economic implications, both in the short and longer term? The European Social Model in Crisis assesses social policy developments in each EU individual member state on the basis of detailed empirical evidence and concrete case studies.
The volume is a timely warning about the weakening of the European Social Model and its possibly devastating future effects. The alternative options proposed here make the book essential reading for policy-makers, researchers of European studies and social policy.
1. The European Social Model in Times of Crisis: An Overview
2. The Baltic States: Convergence with the European Social Model or Further Liberalisation?
3. France’s Social Model: Between Resilience and Erosion
4. The German Welfare State: From an Inclusive to an Exclusive Bismarckian Model
5. The Greek Social Model: Towards a Deregulated Labour Market and Residual Social Protection
6. Recent Changes Moving Hungary Away from the European Social Model
7. Italy: Continuity and Change in Welfare State Retrenchment
8. The European Social Model in a Context of Crisis and Austerity in Portugal
9. Turning Back before Arriving: The Weakening of the Spanish Welfare State
10. The Swedish Social Model: Resilience and Success in Turbulent Times
11. Britain’s Social Model: Rapid Descent from ‘Liberal Collectivism’ to a ‘Market Society’
|Subject Categories||Employment and Social Affairs|
|Countries / Regions||Europe|