Contested Social Sovereignty: Welfare States Meet the European Union

Maurizio Ferrera

in The Boundaries of Welfare

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780199284665
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603273 | DOI:
Contested Social Sovereignty: Welfare States Meet the European Union

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This chapter reconstructs developments of EC law (including case law) relating to social protection, and traces the differential impact that free movement and competition rules have had on the various functional schemes and tiers or pillars of provision within national welfare states. It also identifies and illustrates the new strategies of spatial politics prompted by the boundary redefinitions operated by the EU, focussing on pensions (including pension funds), health care, and social assistance. Special attention is devoted to the position of third country nationals.

Keywords: negative integration; positive integration; mutual recognition; semi-sovereign welfare states; cross-border health care; social assistance; third country nationals; competition; compulsory insurance; pension funds

Chapter.  22905 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Economy

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