Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9781847420206 Published September 2007 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781847420190 Published September 2007 For sale in North and South America only

The Europeanisation of Social Protection

Edited by Jon Kvist and Juho Saari

The Europeanisation of Social Protection
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Edited by Jon Kvist and Juho Saari

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

308 pages | © 2007
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9781847420206 Published September 2007 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781847420190 Published September 2007 For sale in North and South America only
This book challenges the common view that social protection is exclusively a national concern with EU social policy fragmented and merely symbolic. Through eleven country studies, the book reveals that EU-level developments increasingly interact with social protection in all countries - a remarkable transformation from ten years ago.Using the same thematic framework, the book systematically compares how Europeanisation of social protection differs across countries chosen to reflect increasing EU diversity. For each country, specialists in social protection evaluate the form and extent of Europeanisation, comparing national strategies with the European social model. They examine recent reforms and responses to EU initiatives, including the Lisbon strategy and the open method of coordination, the extension of the internal market to services, the Economic and Monetary Union and EU enlargement.Differences in Europeanisation reflect not only different political legacies but also different adjustment pressures in terms of national welfare regime and degree of competitiveness. "Europeanisation of social protection" brings together both new evidence and new perspectives, making it essential reading for everyone interested in the changing patterns of social policy in Europe.
Contents
List of tables and figures
Foreword: The European Union’s evolving social policy and national models—seeking a new balance
      Nikolaus G. van der Pas and Kari Välimäki
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
List of contributors

1. European Union developments and national social protection
      Juho Saari and Jon Kvist
2. Germany: moving towards Europe but putting national autonomy first
      Milena Büchs and Karl Hinrichs
3. The United Kingdom: more an economic than a social Europe
      Julian Le Grand, Elias Mossialos and Morgan Long
4. France: defending our model
      Bruno Palier and Luana Petrescu
5. Italy: between indifference, exploitation and the construction of national interest
      Stefano Sacchi
6. Poland: redefining social policies
      Irena Wóycicka and Maciej Grabowski
7. Spain: starting from periphery, becoming centre
      Ana Guillén
8. The Czech Republic: tradition compatible with modernisation?
      Martin Potucek
9. Finland: towards more proactive policies
      Juho Saari and Olli Kangas
10. The Netherlands: social and economic normalisation in an era of European Union controversy
      Anton Hemerjick and Peter Sleegers
11. Denmark: from foot dragging to pace setting in European Union social policy
      Jon Kvist
12. Greece: the quest for national welfare expansion through more social Europe
      Theodoros Sakellaropoulos
13. The Europeanisation of social protection: domestic impacts and national responses
      Jon Kvist and Juho Saari
14. Seeking a new balance
      Juho Saari and Kari Välimäki

References
Index
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