Exploring European Social Policy Paperback / softback
Paperback / softback
With the growing challenges of economic globalization and national welfare state retrenchment, the development and future of EU social policy has become increasingly important.
This exciting new textbook provides a comprehensive, detailed and up--to--date overview of this contested area and examines whether EU social policy is strengthening or weakening European social policy regimes.
The book begins with a general outline of the postwar development of EU social policy and its evolving relationship to the theory and practice of European integration.
Then it provides a detailed and theoretically engaged description of the main areas of EU social policy including: labour, gender, anti--poverty, anti--discrimination, elderly, disability, youth, and public health policy.
There is also a chapter exploring the social policy role of the structural funds, particularly the European Social Fund.
The book concludes by arguing against both sides of the strengthening/weakening debate, calling for a more subtle analysis of the effects of EU social policy on national social policy regimes. This book is the most up--to--date and comprehensive available and offers the reader a detailed and accessible exploration of the area.
It will be essential reading for anyone studying the EU or national social policy, as well as for practitioners in the field.