The Boundaries of Welfare
European Integration and the New Spatial Politics of Social Protection
By (author) Maurizio Ferrera
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Boundaries of Welfare by Maurizio Ferrera
Book DescriptionTo what extent has the process of European integration re-drawn the boundaries of national welfare states? What are the effects of such re-drawing? Boundaries count: they are essential in bringing together individuals, groups, and territorial units, and for activating or strengthening shared ties between them. If the profile of boundaries changes over time, we might expect significant consequences on bonding dynamics, i.e. on the way solidarity is structured in a given political community. The book addresses these two questions in a broad historical and comparative perspective. The first chapter sets out a novel theoretical framework which re-conceptualizes the welfare state as a 'bounded space' characterized by a distinct spatial politics. This reconceptualization takes as a starting point the 'state-building tradition' in political science and in particular the work of Stein Rokkan. The second chapter briefly outlines the early emergence and expansion of European welfare states till World War II. Chapters 3 and 4 analyse the relationship between domestic welfare state developments and the formation of a supranational European Community between the 1960s and the 2000s, illustrating how the process of European integration has increasingly eroded the social sovereignty of the nation-state. Chapter 5 focuses on new emerging forms of sub-national and trans-national social protection, while Chapter 6 discusses current trends and future perspectives for a re-structuring of social protection at the EU level. While there is no doubt that European integration has significantly altered the boundaries of national welfare, de-stabilizing delicate political and institutional equilibria, the book concludes by offering some suggestions on how a viable system of multi-level social protection could possibly emerge within the new EU wide boundary configuration.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199284672
(233mm x 156mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 24-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Maurizio Ferrera
Welfare State Reform in Southern Europe, Paperback (June 2008)
Analyses the efforts made to reduce poverty and social exclusion in Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece. This book discusses the 'southern model' of the welfare state. It also discusses how the experience of southern Europe might bear upon the situation of the East European accession countries.
Boundaries of Welfare, Hardback (November 2005)» View all books by Maurizio Ferrera
This timely volume by one of the very best authorities on the EU offers an innovative analysis of the impact of the EU on welfare states at both the national and regional level. Given the EU's increasing influence on welfare states, this major new statement is poised to make an exciting and important contribution to current policy debates.
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