Free Trade and Social Welfare in Europe: Explorations in the Long 20th Century, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Free Trade and Social Welfare in Europe

Explorations in the Long 20th Century, 1st Edition

Edited by Lucia Coppolaro, Lorenzo Mechi


190 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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This book deals with the historical relationship between international trade liberalisation – one of the backbones of globalisation – and the development of social welfare. In Europe the issue has regularly been at the centre of the political debate for at least two centuries, and still nowadays it continues to inspire decisions of the highest order, as in the recent case of Brexit. Analysing a number of particularly meaningful episodes and moments, the eight chapters of this edited volume provide an overview of the multiple ways in which the liberalisation/welfare nexus has been addressed in Europe since the end of the 19th century. Describing the oscillations from phases in which state, non-state and transnational actors saw the two elements as widely conflicting, to others in which more harmonious visions prevailed, the book uncovers the political complexity of the issue and contributes to clarify its connections with the current economic situation, political balances and general social conditions.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Free trade and social welfare in a long-term perspective

Lucia Coppolaro and Lorenzo Mechi

1. The State Fights Back: Protecting the People, Protecting the Economy (1880-1914)

Donald Sassoon

2. From Cradle to Grave: The German Trade Union Federation’s Wage, Welfare, and Competitiveness Program for the Weimar Republic

Brian Shaev

3. Social Security versus Global Security: The Early Debate in International Trade Organization over Trade Liberalization and Full Employment, 1945-1948

Francine McKenzie

4. A precondition for economic integration? European debates on social harmonisation in the 1950s and 1960s

Lorenzo Mechi

5. The International Chamber of Commerce. The organisation of free-trade and market regulations from the interwar period to the 1960s

Marco Bertilorenzi

6. Creating a Social Europe or completing the Single Market? Debates within the European Economic Community (1973-1986)

Laurent Warlouzet

7. Resisting globalization? The TUC, the CBI and the politics of protectionism in the UK textile industry in the 1970s

Andrew Waterman

8. Surfing (In and Out) of the Globalization Wave: Labour Standards During the GATT/WTO Trade Negotiations (1947-1999)

Lucia Coppolaro

Conclusions: The European social dimension in search of a frame

Eric Bussière

About the Editors

Lucia Coppolaro is an Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, Law and International Studies, University of Padova

Lorenzo Mechi is an Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, Law and International Studies, University of Padova

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Modern European History

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General