Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9781861347985 Published July 2006 For sale in North and South America only

Unwrapping the European social model

Edited by Amparo Serrano Pascual and Maria Jepsen

Unwrapping the European social model
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Edited by Amparo Serrano Pascual and Maria Jepsen

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

272 pages | © 2006
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9781861347985 Published July 2006 For sale in North and South America only
The notion of the European Social Model (ESM) has been one of the fastest growing in European political and academic discourse in recent years. It is conventionally used to describe the European experience of simultaneously promoting sustainable economic growth and social cohesion. However, the concept has suffered from a lack of clear definition. And where definitions have been found in the literature, they do not necessarily converge.This book presents the outcome of a project coordinated by the European Trade Union Institute in which experts from different countries and social scientific disciplines (sociology, political science and economics) were invited to reflect on both the meaning and political status of the concept of the ESM. In addition to analysing the ambiguities and multiple meanings attributed to the concept, the authors unpick the underlying assumptions and make use of a new approach - the ESM as political project - with which European countries can build consensus and share a common understanding.Offering a new analytical framework and with new empirical evidence, "Unwrapping the European Social Model" is essential reading for all those involved in European social policy research, education, policy and practice.
Contents

Introduction

 ~ Amparo Serrano Pascual and Maria Jepsen

The concept of ESM and supranational legitimacy-building

~ Maria Jepsen and Amparo Serrano Pascual

Taking stock of social Europe: is there such a thing as a community social model?

 ~ Janine Goetschy

Employment and pay in Europe and the US: food for thought about flexibility and the European Social Model

~ Wiemer Salverda

Activation policies and the European Social Model

~ Joel F. Handler

Has the European Social Model a distinctive activation touch?

~ Jean-Claude Barbier

The European Social Model and gender equality

~ Lilja Mósesdóttir

The European Social Model and enlargement

~ Maarten Keune

Reforming the European Social Model and the politics of indicators: from the unemployment rate to the employment rate in the European Employment Strategy

~ Robert Salais

Assessing the European Social Model against the capability approach

 ~ Jean-Michel Bonvin

Social dialogue as a regulatory mode of the ESM: some empirical evidence from the new member states

~ Céline Lafoucriere and Roy Green

 

 

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