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The European Social Model and an Economy of Well-being
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The European Social Model and an Economy of Well-being

Repairing the Social Fabric of European Societies

9781800378063 Edward Elgar Publishing
Giovanni Bertin, Professor of Comparative Welfare States, Department of Economics, Ca’Foscari University of Venice, Italy, Marion Ellison, Professor of European Social Policy and Sociology, Department of Psychology, Sociology and Education, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK and Giuseppe Moro, Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, Department of Political Science, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy
Publication Date: 2021 ISBN: 978 1 80037 806 3 Extent: 264 pp
This timely book critically examines the European Social Model as a contested concept and concrete set of European welfare and governance arrangements. It offers a theoretical and empirical analysis of new economic models and existing European investment strategies to address key issues within post-Covid-19 Europe.

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This timely book critically examines the European Social Model as a contested concept and concrete set of European welfare and governance arrangements. It offers a theoretical and empirical analysis of new economic models and existing European investment strategies to address key issues within post-Covid-19 Europe.
 
The authors explore the structural inequalities that have been shaped by strong imbalances in the relationship between public health, work, formal and informal care, inequality, poverty and the labour market across Europe. They then assess the potential of new economic models and measures, when combined with existing European governance and collaborative welfare arrangements, to repair the European Social Model. With a particular focus on policy measures that affect young and older people in Europe, chapters also provide a critical insight into the fragmented, multi-actor and multidimensional process of building a European social space that has led to the hybridization of welfare systems.
 
Offering a firm theoretical foundation to the understanding of European welfare arrangements and the social open method of coordination, this book will be a valuable resource for academics and students of European social policy, comparative social policy and European governance. Its analysis of empirical evidence relating to the implementation of policy measures will also be beneficial for policymakers and practitioners working in health, social care and welfare fields.

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‘The authors provide the reader with the analytical tools needed to understand what has been defined as the “European social model” and to grasp some of the most pressing challenges it is undergoing, including the Covid-19 stress test.’
– Yuri Kazepov, University of Vienna, Austria
Contents
Contents:

Foreword ix
1 Introduction: healing the divisions – restoring the
foundations for a ‘Social Europe’ 1
Marion Ellison, Giovani Bertin and Giuseppe Moro
2 Moving forward together? European welfare regimes and
the differentiation of welfare policies 17
Giovanni Bertin
3 Is there a European Social Model? Theorising the
relationship between economics and society 37
Giuseppe Moro
4 A Europe for all with all? EU Cohesion Policy and social
inclusion across EU states and regions 57
Marion Ellison
5 ‘Making it count’: investing in a Social Europe that is
meaningful for young people 97
Marion Ellison
6 Power to the people? The European Social Model and the
convergence of new social policies for empowerment 129
Giuseppe Moro
7 For all our futures? The European Social Model and the
convergence of new social policies for older people 147
Giovanni Bertin
8 Fit for purpose? The architecture and processes of hybrid
governance, and the overlapping of market, hierarchy and
network 174
Giovanni Bertin
9 ‘Building a European home’: mechanisms for the
construction of a common social space within the European Union 200
Giuseppe Moro
10 Conclusion: towards a progressive transformation of the
European economic and social model 221
Giovanni Bertin, Marion Ellison and Giuseppe Moro

Index 239
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