Welfare State and Democracy in Crisis
Reforming the European Model
This title was first published in 2001. Investigating the consequences of restrictive austerity policies and the downsizing of the welfare state this edited collection reflects on possible ways out by analyzing economic developments, social conflicts, legal forms and the prevailing directions of economic policy. According to official figures, around 9.5 per cent of the working population of the European Union is unemployed. Fifteen million European citizens are officially looking for work. In other countries such as the US, the increasing wage inequality has marginalized large parts of the population. The precipitous rise in unemployment (mainly in Europe) and income inequality (mainly in the USA) as well as the weakening of democratic and welfare institutions in almost every developed nation have caused huge social and political problems in recent years.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; Welfare decline and the crisis of democracy, Theodore Pelagidis, Louka T. Katseli and John Milios. Globalization and Democracy: Fear of freedom, Amartya Sen; The state in a changing world: social-democratizing global capitalism?, Leo Panitch; Globalization and post democracy, Kostas Vergopoulos; Concepts and Limits of Democracy: Marxian theory as a critique of democracy, Richard D. Wolff; Democracy, the market and egalitarianism, Guglielmo Carchedi; Local democracy facing with globalitarianism, Jean-Pierre Garnier; The Market Confronting Welfare and Democratic Policies: European integration and the need for democratic reconciliation, Louka T. Katseli; Catching up or falling behind: regional economic performance and the trajectories of regional economic development in the EU, Michael Dunford; European unemployment: myths and realities, Theodore Pelagidis. The End of the Welfare State in Europe?: Diminished profitability and welfare decline. (reflections on the irreformability of capitalism in the 1990s), John Milios; From competition to confrontation: the role of European economic and monetary union in the Triad, JÃ¶rg Huffschmid; Unemployment and the welfare state in Western Europe, Frank Deppe. Legal and Political Aspects of European Integration: A Democratic Deficit: The particular tripolarity of the European model of legal integration and the deficiencies of European legal theory, Dimitris Christopoulos and Dimitris Dimoulis; The European citizens’ right to free movement in its democratic dimension. The socio-political meaning of a social right, Klaus Sieveking; Citizens’ Europe as a transitional concept, Christina Giannoulis.
’...poses the issues acutely, discusses them with passion and provides the intellectual means to combat simplistic calls for neo-liberal reform. It should be welcomed by all those concerned with the future of a humane engagement with the forces driving further economic interdependency and integration.’ Professor Grahame Thompson, The Open University, UK ’...a significant and useful book...’ Journal of Industrial Relations