Europe in the Global Age / Edition 1

Europe in the Global Age / Edition 1

by Anthony Giddens
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0745640125

ISBN-13: 9780745640129

Pub. Date: 12/28/2006

Publisher: Wiley

Europe'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

Overview

Europe'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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745640129
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Glossary of Terms xi

1 The Social Model 1

2 Change and Innovation in Europe 30

3 Social Justice and Social Divisions 59

4 From Negative to Positive Welfare 96

5 Lifestyle Change 135

6 At the Level of the EU 164

7 Eight Theses on the Future of Europe 199

Appendix: Open Letter on the Future of Europe 231

Index 235

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