'Converging Europe' evaluates the impact of European integration on social policy development since the launch and re-launch of the Lisbon strategy discussing the challenges posed by the still unfolding global economic crisis of 2007-2009. Given the unsettling economic conditions, does European coordination of social policies generate more social cohesion and integration or growing xenophobia, nationalism and exclusion? Informed by diverse theoretical perspectives, this book brings together a team of international experts working on an extensive range of policy issues central to the Lisbon agenda such as labour market policies, social protection systems, and social exclusion/poverty. Contributions assess the interfaces between European integration, the Lisbon strategy and social policy in three groups of countries related to the EU: old member states; the new member states; and a candidate country - Turkey. The richness of content and data allows rigorous analysis and critical comparative insights not only on the social outcomes of the Lisbon strategy but also more broadly on the dynamics and dimensions of European social policy. Pioneering the scholarly reflections on the repercussions of the global economic crisis of 2007-2009 for both the road map drawn at Lisbon and viability of national systems of social provision in Europe, this book is an important acquisition for policy makers and academics alike.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Lisbon Strategy and Social Policy in the Enlarged European Union and in Turkey, ?pek Eren Vural; Part I Lisbon Strategy and European Integration; Chapter 2 European Integration and Social Policy Reform, Hans-Jürgen Bieling; Chapter 3 Socio-economic Convergence in the European Union: Conceptualization and Measurement Issues, Julia S. O’Connor; Chapter 4 Lisbon Agenda, New Structural Policy and Social Cohesion in Times of Economic Crisis, Otto Holman; Part II Reform Dynamics in Old Europe; Chapter 5 Pension Reforms in Europe: Directions and Consequences, Karl Hinrichs; Chapter 6 Ideas, Institutions and Interest in European and National Reforms of Employment and Social Policy: The Case of Flexicurity, Marcel Fink; Part III Eastern Enlargement and European Social Model; Chapter 7 The Politics of Welfare Restructuring in Transition Countries and the Crisis of 2008, Jan Drahokoupil, Martin Myant; Chapter 8 EU Integration and Post-communist Welfare: Catch-up Convergence before and after the Economic Crisis, Noèmi Lendvai; Part IV European Integration and Social Policy Transformation in Turkey; Chapter 9 Domestic Social Policy Change due to the Pressures of European Integration: Equality between Women and Men at Work and Women’s Employment Policies in Turkey, Asuman Göksel; Chapter 10 Discourse and Practice of Poverty Reduction Strategies: Reflections on the Turkish Case in the 2000s, Galip L. Yalman; Part V European Integration, Social Policy and the Lisbon Strategy; Chapter 11 Social Outcomes of the Lisbon Strategy and Beyond, ?pek Eren Vural;
'An outstandingly detailed, nuanced and insightful analysis of EU social and economic development strategy, the policies underpinning it, and their complex outcomes. This is an indispensible volume for students and researchers of European social policy and the wider European integration process, especially in the context of the ongoing global crisis.' Alfredo Saad Filho, SOAS, University of London, UK 'The book offers a fresh look at EU social policy adopting an extended spatial dimension (old and new member states, but also Turkey) with a broad definition of social policies. It will appeal to practitioners and also to academics interested in seeking new perspectives on the subject.' Philippe Pochet, ETUI and Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium 'Organized into five parts and eleven chapters, the book is rich in content... The book also does and excellent job of highlighting the complex, multilevel nature of social policy development and convergence by focusing not just on domestic and European influences but global ones as well... This volume is likely to be of interest to policy makers as well as scholars of the welfare state and the EU. It directly speaks to the implications of the Lisbon Strategy and some of the tensions between EU integration and enlargement. Another one of the books major strengths is that it extends early welfare-state models to post-communist states. Its focus on gender also offers a corrective to early welfare state literature that has largely neglected this axis of inequality. Finally the book is extremely timely, as its focuses on the financial crisis is yet another contribution to the literature... there is much to learn from this volume. And, this volume is sure to spur future research in multiple literatures, given the importance of the questions it raises and its breadth of coverage.' Insight Turkey 'The breadth and scope of the volume make it a valuable reference resource for anyone interested in European Social Policy and the