EU Law and the Welfare State: In Search of Solidarity

Paperback | September 29, 2005

EditorGrainne de Burca

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This collection of essays addresses a topical subject of current importance, namely the impact of the EU on national welfare state systems. The volume aims to question the perception that matters of social welfare remain for Member States of the EU to decide, and that the EU's influence inthis field is minor or incidental. The various essays trace the different ways in which the EU is having an impact on the laws and practices of the Member States in the area of welfare, looking at issues of social citizenship and the influence of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, as well as at the impact of EU economic freedoms -competition law and free movement law in particular - on both 'services of general economic interest' and on national health-care systems. The significance of the so-called Open Method of Coordination in developing a new compromise on 'social Europe' is discussed, as well as the tensions betweenmarket liberalization and social protection in the specific context of this transnational political system are examined. While the various authors clearly have different views on the likelihood of a robust form of European social solidarity developing, the book as a whole suggests the emergence of a distinctive, although partial and fragmented, European Union welfare dimension.

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This collection of essays addresses a topical subject of current importance, namely the impact of the EU on national welfare state systems. The volume aims to question the perception that matters of social welfare remain for Member States of the EU to decide, and that the EU's influence inthis field is minor or incidental. The vari...

Grainne de Burca has been professor of European Union Law at the European University Institute since 1998. Prior to that she was a lecturer in law at Oxford University and fellow of Somerville College from 1990 to 1998. She has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Toronto, Michigan, and Columbia, and at NYU. Her field of e...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.66 inPublished:September 29, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Grainne de Burca: Towards European Welfare?2. Maurizio Ferrera: Towards an 'Open' Social Citizenship? The New Boundaries of Welfare in the European Union3. Siofra O'Leary: Solidarity and Citizenship Rights in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union4. Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen: Social Security Regulation in the EU: The De-Territorialization of Welfare?5. Vassilis Hatzopoulos: Health Law and Policy: The Impact of the EU6. Julio Baquero Cruz: Beyond Competition: Services of General Interest and European Community Law7. Jonathan Zeitlin: Social Europe and Experimentalist Governance: Towards a New Constitutional Compromise?