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Exploring European Social Policy, Paperback / softback Book

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.




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