Governance and the European Social Dimension: Politics, Power and the Social Deficit in a Post-2010 EU, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Governance and the European Social Dimension

Politics, Power and the Social Deficit in a Post-2010 EU, 1st Edition

By Paul Copeland


256 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138545885
pub: 2019-08-27
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Providing a comprehensive and authoritative analyses of the impact of the Eurozone crisis on the European social dimension since 2010 – understood as the EU’s competence in employment and social policy – this book focuses on developments in five policy areas (employment, poverty and social exclusion, pensions, wages and healthcare), all of which form part of the EU’s economic reform strategy, Europe 2020.

It combines original empirical material and uses a unique theoretical approach to analyse the issue of EU governance and reveal that ‘progress’ under such conditions has its consequences; notably a strengthened Brussels-led neoliberal prescription for EU social and employment policy problems.

By drawing insights from political sociology and the strategic-relational approach to actors/institutions, this book will be of interest to students and scholars interested in EU politics, EU governance, political sociology, public policy and European integration.

Table of Contents


1. The Political Economy of the European Social Dimension

2. Governance in Advanced European Integration

3. EU Economic Governance and Europe 2020

4. Analysing the Politics of the European Semester

5. Explaining outcomes of the European Semester

6. The European Social Deficit


About the Author

Paul Copeland is Senior Lecturer of Public Policy and Director of the Centre for European Research at the School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on Government and the European Union

What is actually governed at the scale of the European Union (EU)? Some domains of societies and economies in Europe certainly seem to be, but the government of many others appears instead to take place at global, national or sub-national scales. The principal objective of this book series is to provide a sustained and structured space within which a cumulative set of books on what the EU actually governs would be published. These will depart from much of mainstream ‘EU studies’ to propose instead social science theory driven analyses that better reflect and reveal the transnational character of government in contemporary Europe.

This series of books will share a common focus and a commitment to detailed, theoretically driven but readable empirical studies. Although authors will differ slightly here, this focus postulates in general that:

  1. Far from being a system composed uniquely of ‘national’ and ‘supranational’ bodies, the government of the EU is enacted by all the public and private practitioners who participate in the construction and institutionalization of ‘European public problems’;
  2. This government is inscribed in a strongly fragmented European polity. However, its fragments –be they sectoral or territorial- seldom map neatly onto the frontiers of the member states;
  3. Integrating this government and polity constitutes a permanent challenge not only for the formulation of European public problems and their treatment (eg. for environmental protection), but also for the legitimation of these processes and the actors they involve (eg. Commission representatives).

The series is edited by Professor Andy Smith, Research Professor at the University of Bordeaux. All proposals for the series should be submitted either to the editor or the publishers.

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