A European Social Union after the Crisis

A European Social Union after the Crisis

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Geert De Baere Edited by Frank Vandenbroucke
Cambridge University Press, 8/24/2017
EAN 9781108415781, ISBN10: 1108415784

Hardcover, 562 pages, 23.5 x 15.8 x 3.3 cm
Language: English

Today, many people agree that the EU lacks solidarity and needs a social dimension. This debate is not new, but until now the notion of a 'social Europe' remained vague and elusive. To make progress, we need a coherent conception of the reasons behind, and the agenda for, not a 'social Europe', but a new idea: a European Social Union. We must motivate, define, and demarcate an appropriate notion of European solidarity. We must also understand the legal and political obstacles, and how these can be tacked. In short, we need unequivocal answers to questions of why, what, and how: on that basis, we can define a clear-cut normative and institutional concept. That is the remit of this book: it provides an in-depth interdisciplinary examination of the rationale and the feasibility of a European Social Union. Outstanding scholars and top-level practitioners reflect on obstacles and solutions, from an economic, social, philosophical, legal, and political perspective.

Part I. Solidarity and Legitimacy
1. The idea of a European Social Union
a normative introduction Frank Vandenbroucke
2. The European Social Union
a missing but necessary 'political good' Maurizio Ferrera
3. The solidarity argument for the European Union Helder De Schutter
4. Social justice in an ever more diverse Union Christian Joerges
5. The democratic legitimacy of EU institutions and support for social policy in Europe Marc Hooghe and Soetkin Verhaegen
Part II. Topics in European Governance
6. The impact of Eurozone governance on welfare state stability László Andor
7. Booms and busts and the governance of the Eurozone Paul De Grauwe and Yuemei Ji
8. What follows austerity? From Social Pillar to New Deal Simon Deakin
9. Social dialogue
why it matters? European employers' perspective Philippe De Buck and Maxime Cerutti
10. The European social dialogue
what is the role of employers and what are the hopes for the future? Philippe Pochet and Christophe Degryse
11. The European Semester Process
adaptability and latitude in support of the European Social Model Sonja Bekker
12. Balancing economic objectives and social considerations in the new EU Investment Agreements
commitments versus realities Rumiana Yotova
Part III. Legal and Institutional Challenges
13. How can the Viking/Laval conundrum be resolved? Balancing the economic and the social
one bed for two dreams? Sjoerd Feenstra
14. The basis in EU constitutional law for further social integration Geert De Baere and Kathleen Gutman
15. EU social competences and Member State constitutional controls
a comparative perspective of national approaches Gerhard Van Der Schyff
16. Social rights, the Charter and the ECHR
caveats, austerity and other disasters Alexander Kornezov
17. The European Court of Justice as the guardian of the rule of EU social law Koen Lenaerts and José A. Gutierréz-Fons
Part IV. Politics
18. The European Social Union and EU legislative politics Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen
19. (B)Remains of the day
Brexit and EU social policy Catherine Barnard.