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A European Social Citizenship?

Preconditions for Future Policies from a Historical Perspective


Lars Magnusson and Bo Stråth

The aim of this book is to explore and reflect upon preconditions of a specific European social dimension, or more specifically of a European social citizenship. Welfare and social policies in Europe are deeply entrenched in state histories; the success of the welfare state stems from its ability during a fairly long historical period to unify social citizenship, full employment, mass education and a functional industrial relations system. The historical connection between welfare regimes built upon the nation state, and popular democracy founded in party voting, makes the deepening and widening of a common European project a highly risky undertaking and an open process with a radically uncertain outcome. The dilemma in the form of uneasy relationships among national welfare regimes and the evolutionary process of increased market integration – driven both by market forces (globalisation) and the European Union as a political project – is well known and has been demonstrated by different commentators. Every step of deepening market integration in Europe tends to threaten and put pressure on the existing national welfare regimes. As their own populations generally support them, the legitimacy of the EU is at risk. The book analyses the prospects of a coordinated social dimension at the European level, matching the market integration, and what role the concept of citizenship can play in such a scenario.
Contents: Lars Magnusson/Bo Stråth: A European Social Citizenship? Preconditions for Future Policies from a Historical Perspective – Peter Wagner/Bénédicte Zimmermann: Citizenship and Collective Responsibility. On the Political Philosophy of the Nation-Based Welfare State and Beyond – Hartmut Kaelble: Transnational Aspects of the European Welfare State – Jenny Andersson: A Productive Social Citizenship? Reflections on the Concept of Productive Social Policies in the European Tradition – Anton Hemerijck: Beyond the Double Bind of Social Europe – Christian Joerges/Florian Rödl: «Social Market Economy» as Europe’s Social Model? – Feriel Kandil: European Social Citizenship and the Requirement of European Solidarity – Robert Salais: From Social Citizenship to Social Capability in an Enlarged Economic Europe – Susan Millns: Between Hard Choices and Soft Options. The Gender Dynamics of a European Social Citizenship – Ulrike Liebert: European Social Citizenship. Preconditions for Promoting Inclusion – Mara Kolesas: Eastward Expansion and European Social Citizenship. An Assessment of Communist Legacies – Ulrich Mückenberger: Towards Procedural Regulation of Labour Law in Europe. The Case of Social Dialogue – Thomas Fetzer: Trade Unions as Promoters of a European Social Citizenship? The Case of the German DGB.