Revisiting the European social model(s) debate: challenges and prospects
|Baimbridge, Mark J.
|Whyman PB, Baimbridge MJ and Mullen A (2014) Revisiting the European social model(s) debate: challenges and prospects. L'Europe en Formation. Special Edition: Which Future for European Social Models. 372(2): 8-32.
|One of the distinctive features of the post-war process of European economic and political integration is the debate about the emergence of a European Social Model (ESM). Advocates and critics have clashed over the precise meaning of the ESM concept, whether it exists in a meaningful and singular form, and whether it challenges or bolsters – by providing some sort of discursive justification – the current neoliberal trajectory of the European Union (EU). While some of the claimed elements of the ESM do exist/have been adopted, this article argues that they do not constitute a coherent alternative to the dominant market liberal model and bias towards negative integration that has underpinned the EU since the 1980s. Furthermore, contemporary developments have served to further entrench these tendencies at the expense of progressive social forces that seek to construct a genuine ESM.
|European Social Model; Economic development; Integration; ESM; European Union; EU
|Revisiting the European social model(s) debate: challenges and prospects
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