A `Social Turn’ in the European Union?: New trends and ideas about social convergence in Europe, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

A `Social Turn’ in the European Union?

New trends and ideas about social convergence in Europe, 1st Edition

Edited by Jacek Kubera, Tomasz Morozowski

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An important debate is under way in the European Union (EU) over what should be shared at community level and what should be left to individual nations. Social Europe is a key topic in the construction of the EU and its institutions. This volume examines the current state of, and perspectives for, Social Europe, as well as key issues in European social policy, including the posting of workers, the impact of the free market and regulations on social convergence, work automation, digitalisation, taxation and democracy in the workplace. The aim of this volume is to identify a course to be followed in integrating the EU’s social policies and point to areas in which co-operation between member states is likely to produce best results.

The concept of ‘social turn’ is used as a theoretical tool to describe and explain European policy in the field of social issues, with ‘social turn’ defined as a change in the way of thinking about Social Europe. While a Social Europe was previously seen to be a natural consequence of political and economic integration, it is now viewed as a separate area that requires active policies to preserve the European project. The EU’s big question today concerns the level at which this policy should be pursued: the volume’s contributors outline difficulties with harmonising social policies across the Union, but they nevertheless argue that, owing to the common challenges faced by Europe, the idea of a Social Europe must not be abandoned and requires specific action.

The volume consists of 11 chapters that propose ways in which the idea of ​​a Social Europe can be put into practice. Chapter 1 outlines prospects for developing European social policy: is this idea becoming obsolete, as some argue? The following six chapters discuss areas that require action at both the national and European levels (such as democracy in the workplace, work automation, digitalisation and taxes). Is it possible to work towards common goals across the EU while accounting for the different levels and contexts of its functioning? The next three chapters are authored by representatives of the authorities of the Weimar Triangle states of France, Germany and Poland, and shed light on the views and arguments raised in the debate on the future of Social Europe. The final chapter offers conclusions as well as a thesis whereby, as a result of the ‘social turn’, social policy can no longer be seen as derived from economic policy but rather as a separate driver of development that could be of interest to the northern, southern and eastern states of the EU.

Jacek Kubera, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Sociology, Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznań.

Tomasz Morozowski, PhD candidate, Faculty of Political Science and Journalism, Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznań, and analyst at the Poznań Institute for Western Affairs.

Table of Contents

PART I: THE IDEA OF A SOCIAL EUROPE – NOT THE SAME, BUT STILL ALIVE

1 The idea of a Social Europe: not the same, but still alive. The social turn and the potential to reconstruct the social dimension of the European Union

Jacek Kubera and Tomasz Morozowski

PART II: LOOKING FOR NEW TRACKS

  1. A Social Europe or a more protectionist one? The single market in the aftermath of the crises
  2. Tomasz Grzegorz Grosse

  3. From undefined ‘Social Europe’ to ‘more democracy at work’ – new trends, new paradigms?
  4. Wolfgang Kowalsky

  5. The revision of the Posting of Workers Directive and its impact on national law
  6. Reingard Zimmer

  7. The crisis of the ‘German Model’: Europe should embark on the Fourth Industrial Revolution with a more balanced growth model
  8. Rémi Bourgeot

  9. Tax incentives to create new high-skilled jobs – trigger for sustainable economic growth of European societies
  10. Artur Tim

  11. Can the German post-Hartz model of the labour market be considered as a universal remedy for unemployment in the European Union?
  12. Jadwiga Nadolska

    PART III: POLITICAL VISIONS AND IDEAS

  13. On the future of ‘Social Europe’ – between competitiveness and high social standards
  14. Martin Koppernock

  15. The importance of posting of workers for the member states: myth and reality
  16. Agnieszka Wołoszyn

  17. Europe is built on competition which stimulates, on co-operation which strengthens, and solidarity which unites
  18. Adam Kapella and Garance Dubarry

    PART IV: BACK TO THE SOCIAL

  19. The social turn? Towards a new understanding of the benefits of Social Europe

Justyna Schulz

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL017000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration
POL033000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Globalization
POL038000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Cultural Policy
REF000000
REFERENCE / General
SOC000000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / General