Taking stock of social Europe: is there such a thing as a community social model?

Janine Goetschy

in Unwrapping the European social model

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9781861347985
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304135 | DOI:
Taking stock of social Europe: is there such a thing as a community social model?

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This chapter presents a detailed analysis of how the European social model (ESM) project has been historically built up. It also describes how this historical construction is the result of multi-level tensions involving different institutional, geographical, economic, and social actors. In this framework, new balances are put into place and negotiated between the various economic and social actors who take the European arena as a forum in which to reaffirm their position of hegemony. This Europeanisation operated in both directions (from European to national level and vice versa) and was accompanied in both cases by another fundamental transformation: the search for a much closer meshing of economic and social policies at both European and national levels as part of a search for a fresh equilibrium.

Keywords: society; social model; Europe; economics; institutions; geography; hegemony

Chapter.  10181 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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