The End of the European Social Model: Before It Began?
Citation:James Wickham, The End of the European Social Model: Before It Began?, Dublin, 2002
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Probably the most important aspect of contemporary European societies for ordinary Europeans is that Europeans live in welfare states. This is often referred to as the 'European Social Model'. In the 2000s this was especially clear to commentators who compared the 'European Way' or the 'European Dream' with the USA with its minimal social rights and widening inequalities. The paper argues that this is a function not of the European Union but of the individual nation states that make up the EU. Many elements of EU policy have undermined the European Social Model rather than consolidating it. Not surprisingly, ordinary Europeans are increasingly disenchanted with the EU.
Author: WICKHAM, JAMES
Type of material:Report
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Keywords:European Social Model
Subject (TCD):Inclusive Society