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Competitiveness and Solidarity in the European Union

Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Paolo Chiocchetti, Frédéric Allemand


294 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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Starting in the 1980s, competitive pressures and the ideology of competitiveness have shaken and transformed traditional models of development, public policy, and governance in Europe.

This edited book carries out a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and innovative analysis of the relationship between competitiveness and solidarity in the contemporary European Union. It offers an original contribution to the scholarly debates on the current developments and challenges of welfare states, social and economic policies, and forms of governance in the European Union. Bringing together an international team of cutting-edge scholars in the social sciences and the humanities, Competitiveness and Solidarity in the European Union sheds light on the conceptual richness and policy relevance of these relationships, pointing to important avenues to make the European Union more economically successful and socially fairer.

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of European Union studies and, more broadly, of EU Law, Public Policy, Economics, Sociology, Political Science, Geography, and Contemporary History.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction [Paolo Chiocchetti and Frédéric Allemand]

2. Competitiveness, Solidarity, and their Relationship: A Theoretical Framework [Paolo Chiocchetti]

3. European Competitiveness: Competition, Cooperation, Solidarity [Frédéric Allemand]

4. Competitiveness and Solidarity in the History of the European Union, 1957-2017 [Laurent Warlouzet]

5. Competition, Cooperation, and Solidarity in EU Law: A Federal Perspective [Sacha Garben]

6. Harnessing Competitiveness for Social and Ecological Goals: High-road Competitiveness is Necessary and Feasible [Karl Aiginger]

7. The Social and Solidarity Economy: A Bottom-up Alternative? [Jennifer Eschweiler and Lars Hulgård]

8. Social Capitalism is a Thing of the Past: Competition-driven Landnahme and the Metamorphosis of the German Model [Klaus Dörre]

9. Competitiveness in Public Hospitals: The Case of France [Hicham Rassafi-Guibal]

10. Competitive Solidarity and Regional Development: The Case of Italy [Laura Polverari]

11. Competitive Solidarity and Regional Development: The Case of Poland [Bolesław Domański]

12. The Road Towards a Genuine Economic and Monetary Union: More Competitive and Fairer [Annette Bongardt and Francisco Torres]

13. Striking a Balance between Competitiveness and Social Fairness: What Can We Expect From The European Pillar of Social Rights? [Susana Muñoz]

14. Conclusion [Paolo Chiocchetti and Frédéric Allemand]

About the Editors

Paolo Chiocchetti has a PhD in European Studies from King’s College London. His research focuses on the transformation of Western European party systems, comparative politics, Italian politics, European governance, and socio-economic policy.

Frédéric Allemand is Principal Investigator of the RESuME project ( at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance of the University of Luxembourg. His research focuses on EU law, Economic and Monetary Union, and European economic governance.

About the Series

Routledge/UACES Contemporary European Studies

The Contemporary European Studies Series is an outlet for the publication of first-rate research in European Union Studies. The series primarily publishes research monographs but will also consider proposals for research-driven and thematic edited volumes. Although predominantly a Politics/IR and Law series, the series editors are keen to encourage approaches that are interdisciplinary. CES seeks to publish excellent material from both established and new scholars.

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