Towards a More Social EU?
The adoption in June 2010 by EU leaders of a target to lift at least 20 million people out of the risk of poverty and exclusion by 2020 is an important step forward. However, delivering on this and the Union’s four other mutually reinforcing targets, and achieving the EU’s ambitious social objectives, raises many political and technical challenges. These are examined in depth in this book.
A key objective of the book is to take a critical look at and draw lessons from the past, 2000–2010 Lisbon Strategy. Another important objective is to explore the format and role of EU coordination and cooperation in the social field in the new EU governance framework, in a context marked by slow recovery after the global economic crisis. Finally, the book also makes proposals for the further reinforcement of this coordination and cooperation and for the improvement of the different instruments available at EU, national and sub-national levels.
The analysis and concrete proposals presented in the book will be invaluable to policy-makers, researchers and other stakeholders interested in contributing to building a more Social EU. They will help to encourage new ideas and innovative approaches.
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275 Short Presentation of the Authors Tom Brodie is a policy officer at the international progressive think tank “Policy Network”. Mary Daly is Professor of Sociology at the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at Queen’s University Belfast (Ireland). Among the fields on which she has published are poverty, welfare, gender, family and labour market. Much of her work is comparative, in a European and international context and she is especially interested in matters to do with how policies in different European countries relate to families. Patrick Diamond is a Senior Research Fellow of the international progressive think tank “Policy Network”, a Visiting Fellow of Nuffield College Oxford, and the former Head of Policy Planning in the UK Prime Minister’s Office. Maurizio Ferrera is Professor of Political Science and President of the Graduate School in Social, Economic and Political Studies of the State University of Milan (Italy). He is currently a member of the Euro- pean Commission’s Group of Societal Policy Advisers, of the Scientific Committee of Confindustria (in Rome), of the Board of Directors of the Collegio Carlo Alberto and the Centro Einaudi (in Turin). He has written extensively on comparative and EU social policies. Hugh Frazer is Adjunct Professor at the National University of Ire- land (Maynooth) and, together with Eric Marlier, he coordinates the EU Network of Independent Experts on Social Inclusion. From 2001 to 2006, he worked in the European Commission as an expert advising and assisting in the development of the Social Inclusion...
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