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Global Europe, Social Europe

Anthony Giddens (Editor), Patrick Diamond (Editor), Roger Liddle (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-7456-3935-2
320 pages
November 2006, Polity
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This book makes an essential contribution to the debate now opening up over the future of Europe in the wake of the demise of the Constitution. Since 1989 much about the European Union has changed, including the very definition of ‘Europe’ itself. The EU has enlarged to 25 countries and the division between Western and Eastern Europe has disappeared.

The EU has responded positively to these changes, not only by making a success of enlargement, but by pushing ahead with the Single Market and the Single Currency. These very successes, however, have led to a reaction. Those who voted ‘no’ in the referenda in France and the Netherlands registered worries about Europe’s future, especially on a social and economic level. For many, ‘social Europe’ – the welfare states that offer protection from the buffetings of the global marketplace – are under threat. Unemployment and low growth are seemingly becoming endemic across much of the EU.

How should pro-Europeans respond? What future is there for Europe’s cherished social model? How will the EU deal with the competitive pressures coming from India, China and other industrialising countries? In this volume, leading contributors from a range of countries offer answers to these questions.

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Table of Contents

  • List of Contents
  • Policy Network Page
  • Introduction
  • Anthony Giddens, Roger Liddle and Patrick Diamond
  • 1. A Social Model for Europe?
  • Anthony Giddens
  • 2. Globalisation: A European Perspective
  • John Sutton
  • 3. East Versus West? The European Economic and Social Model After Enlargement
  • Katinka Barysch
  • 4. Migrating Workers and Jobs: A Challenge to the European Social Model?
  • Simon Commander, Alex Heitmueller and Laura Tyson
  • 5. The Vulnerability of the European Project
  • Rene Cuperus
  • 6. Welfare Reform Beyond Breadwinner Resilience
  • Anton Hemerijck
  • 7. The European Socio-Economic Model: Differences to the USA and Changes Over Time
  • Karl Aiginger and Alois Guger
  • 8. The European Social Model. Gender and Generational Equality
  • Jane Jenson
  • 9. Social Justice Re-interpreted: New Frontiers for the European Welfare State
  • Patrick Diamond
  • 10. A Knowledge Economy Paradigm and its Consequences
  • Luc Soete
  • 11. The Environment in the European Social Model
  • Måns Lönnroth
  • 12. Immigration: A Flexible Framework for a Plural Europe
  • Patrick Weil
  • 13. Economic Reform, Further Integration and Enlargement: Can Europe Deliver?
  • Loukas Tsoukalis
  • 14. Friends, Not Foes: European Integration and National Welfare States
  • Maurizio Ferrera
  • 15. A Common Social Justice Policy for Europe
  • Roger Liddle
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Author Information

Edited By:

Anthony Giddens, London School of Economics and Political Science

Patrick Diamond, Special Advisor in the Prime Minister's Policy Unit

Roger Liddle, Member of the Cabinet of the European Trade Commissioner, Peter Mandelson

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The Wiley Advantage

  • Really unique collection of essays on the new face of europe by a range of very well known contributors
  • Comprises a collection of essays from globally renowned thinkers, as well as Anthony Giddens and senior New Labour figures.
  • Draws on a wide range of evidence, and the experiences of governments worldwide, to propose a fresh agenda for social change.
  • Essential reading for anyone troubled by the future of Europe, and what should be done about it.
  • A cross over trade book.
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