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New Boundaries, New Structuring? On the Future of Social Protection in the European Union

Maurizio Ferrara

in The Boundaries of Welfare

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780199284665
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603273 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199284660.003.0007
New Boundaries, New Structuring? On the Future of Social Protection in the European Union

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This chapter presents a map describing the new spatial architecture of social protection in the European Union resulting from free movement and competition rules, and their effects on traditional welfare state boundaries. The destructuring consequences of the new boundary configuration are discussed, with specific reference to pensions systems and the issue of migration. The chapter concludes by highlighting the margins of manoeuvre for a possible “nesting” of nation-based forms of social protection in a wider EU space, capable of promoting adaptation and reform, while upholding at the same time the basic pre-conditions for maintaining adequate levels of social protection.

Keywords: EU citizenship; pension funds; migration; new right populism; europeanization; social Europe; Open Method of Coordination; European identity; fundamental rights

Chapter.  20265 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Economy

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