1st Edition


Edited By Stefano Civitarese Matteucci, Simon Halliday Copyright 2017
    320 Pages
    by Routledge

    320 Pages
    by Routledge

    This collection of essays examines the promise and limits of social rights in Europe in a time of austerity. Presenting in the first instance five national case studies, representing the biggest European economies (UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain), it offers an account of recent reforms to social welfare and the attempts to resist them through litigation. The case studies are then used as a foundation for theory-building about social rights. This second group of chapters develops theory along two complementary lines: first, they explore the dynamics between social rights, public law, poverty and welfare in times of economic crisis; second, they consider the particular significance of the European context for articulations of, and struggles over, social rights. Employing a range and depth of expertise across Europe, the book constitutes a timely and highly significant contribution to socio-legal scholarship about the character and resilience of social rights in our national and regional constitutional settings.

    List of contributors


    Table of cases

    PART I  Introduction

    1 Social rights, the Welfare State and European austerity

    Stefano Civitarese Matteucci and Simon Halliday

    PART II  European case studies

    2 France

    Diane Roman

    3 Germany

    Ulrike Lembke

    4 Italy

    Alessandra Albanese

    5 Spain

    Dolores Utrilla

    6 UK

    Jed Meers

    7 Austerity, conditionality and litigation in six European nations

    Michael Adler and Lars Inge Terum

    PART III  Theoretical discussions

    8 Should a minimum income be unconditional?

    Stuart White

    9 The social dimension of fundamental rights in times of crisis

    Francesco Ferraro

    10 Social rights and welfare reform in times of economic crisis

    Jeff King

    11 The political economy of European social rights

    Emilios Christodoulidis and Marco Goldoni

    12 Economic crisis and territorial assymetrical effects on the guarantee of social rights within the European Economic and Monteary Union (EMU)

    Francesco Bilancia

    13 Free movement of persons and transnational solidarity in the European Union (EU): a melancholic eulogy

    Stefano Giubboni




    Stefano Civitarese Matteucci is Professor of Public Law at the University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy.

    Simon Halliday is Professor of Socio-Legal Studies at the University of York, UK, and Professor of Law at the University of New South Wales, Australia.