1st Edition

Beyond the Market The EU and National Social Policy

Edited By David Hine, Hussein Kassim Copyright 1998
    244 Pages
    by Routledge

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    Beyond the Market: The European Union and National Social Policy considers the extent to which the European Union has impacted on the formation and content of social and environmental policy in the member states, focusing on the four larger members: Germany, France, the UK and Italy. The contributors use theory and empirical evidence to highlight the factors that influence the formation and content of social policy and why some states have been able to resist EU social policy initiatives successfully and maintain their autonomy.

    1 Introduction: the European Union, state autonomy and national social policy 2 Understanding regulatory growth in the European Community 3 Defending the social contract: the EU between global constraints and domestic imperatives 4 The impact of the European Union on unemployment and unemployment policy 5 Social dumping within the EU 6 Putting the cart before the horse? Labour market challenges ahead of monetary union in Europe 7 Social partnership at the EU level: initiatives, problems and implications for member states 8 The European Union and women’s rights: from the Europeanisation of national agendas to the nationalisation of a European agenda? 9 Training policy: steering between divergent national logics 10 EC action and initiatives in environmental protection 11 Conclusion: the European Union, member states and social policy


    David Hine is Official Student (i.e. Tutorial Fellow) at Christ Church, University of Oxford. Hussein Kassim is Lecturer in Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London.