National Closure During the Golden Age of Welfare Expansion

Maurizio Ferrara

in The Boundaries of Welfare

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780199284665
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603273 | DOI:
National Closure During the Golden Age of Welfare Expansion

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This chapter focuses on the Trente Glorieuses (1945-1975), and identifies the first seeds of spatial reconfiguration in the field of social protection: the appearance of new membership spaces (e.g. supplementary pension schemes), the creation of the European Communities, and the establishment of a coordination regime regulating the social entitlements of migrant workers within the EC. The chapter discusses the original division of labour between the market-making functions of the EC, and the redistributive functions left to the member states. It also reconstructs the emergence of a distinct EC “constitutional order” and its creeping implications for national social rights through legal integration.

Keywords: supplementary pensions; second tiers/pillars; free movement; common labour market; European Court of Justice; social security coordination; migrations

Chapter.  14271 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Economy

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