Europe in the Global Age
By (author) Anthony Giddens
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Europe in the Global Age by Anthony Giddens
Book DescriptionEurope's social model - its system of welfare and social protection - is regarded by many as the jewel in the crown. It is what helps to give the European societies their distinctive qualities of social cohesion and care for the vulnerable. Over recent years, however, the social model has come under great strain in many states within the European Union - unemployment, for example, remains stubbornly high. The resulting tensions have fuelled dissatisfaction with the European project as a whole, culminating in the rejection of Europe's proposed new constitution. Reform of the social model is therefore a matter of urgency. It has to go hand in hand with the quest to regenerate economic growth. The weaker performers in Europe over the past few years can learn a good deal from states that have coped more effectively. But more radical changes need to be contemplated in the face of the impact of globalization, rapidly increasing cultural diversity and changing demography. The author argues that the traditional welfare state needs to be rethought. We have to bring lifestyle change into the heart of what welfare means. Moreover, environmental issues must be directly connected to other citizenship obligations. These innovations have to be made at the same time as Europes competitive position is upgraded. This original and path-breaking book will rank alongside Beyond Left and Right, The Third Way and other works by Anthony Giddens that have helped reshape social and political thinking over recent decades.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745640112
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 29-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Anthony Giddens
Essential Concepts in Sociology, Paperback (April 2017)
Social life is in a constant process of change, and sociology cannot afford to stand still. Sociology today is theoretically diverse, covers a huge range of subjects and draws on a broad array of research methods.
Sociology, Paperback (March 2017)
Now in its eighth edition, this continues to be the indispensable guide to understanding the world we make and the lives we lead. Revised and updated throughout, it remains unrivalled in its vibrant, engaging and authoritative introduction to sociology.
Green Growth, Smart Growth, Hardback (June 2015)» View all books by Anthony Giddens
Advances a proactive response to the dangers of climate change, which can only be overcome by decoupling economic growth from environmental consumption and focusing on a new approach to efficiency, innovation and policymaking.
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Author Biography - Anthony Giddens
Anthony Giddens, Former Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science and Fellow of King's College, Cambridge
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