Providing a comprehensive and authoritative analyses of the impact of the Eurozone crisis on the European social dimension since 2010 - understood as the European Union’s (EU) competence in employment and social policy - this book focusses 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 reveals that ‘progress’ under Europe 2020 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
Paul Copeland is Senior Lecturer of Public Policy at the School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London, UK.