European Social Policy; Between Fragmentation and Integration

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European Social Policy brings together a distinguished group of specialists who examine the development and current status of European social policies in areas such as social security, industrial relations, regional development, gender equity, agriculture, and immigration. The authors emphasize the distinctive dynamic that arises from a multitiered system in which individual member states share policymaking responsibilities with central authorities. European social policy, emerging in conjunction with the ...
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Overview

European Social Policy brings together a distinguished group of specialists who examine the development and current status of European social policies in areas such as social security, industrial relations, regional development, gender equity, agriculture, and immigration. The authors emphasize the distinctive dynamic that arises from a multitiered system in which individual member states share policymaking responsibilities with central authorities. European social policy, emerging in conjunction with the construction of the common market, is the result of a pluralistic process in which member states, social actors, and European institutions, such as the Commission and the European Court of Justice, all vie for influence. According to the authors, the highly fragmented structure of European social policy typifies policymaking in the new European polity, where policy develops without being under the firm control of any particular political group. The book also provides a comparison of social policymaking in the EU with that in Canada and the United States, two other multitiered, or federal, systems.
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International scholars associated with the Brookings Institute bring their analytical abilities to bear on the development of the European Community. Drawing on a knowledge of federalism and historiography, the presentations stress the dynamics of integrating social policy in a multitiered system where a plurality of institutions are vying for influence. The result of their studies tends to view European social policy as a fragmented structure, prone to grid-lock, and poor coordination. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

1 Multitiered Institutions and the Making of Social Policy 1
Pt. 1 The Development of Social Europe 41
2 Semisovereign Welfare States: Social Policy in a Multitiered Europe 43
3 A Regulatory Conundrum: Industrial Relations and the Social Dimension 78
4 Structural Funds and the Social Dimension of EU Policy: Springboard or Stumbling Block? 123
5 Gender and the Evolution of European Social Policies 159
6 Protective Shelter or Straitjacket: An Institutional Analysis of the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union 194
7 Migration, Free Movement, and Immigrant Integration in the EU: A Bifurcated Policy Response 231
Pt. 2 Social Policy Integration in North America 267
8 The Welfare State as Statecraft: Territorial Politics and Canadian Social Policy 269
9 The Creeping Nationalization of Income Transfers in the United States, 1935-94 301
10 Poverty, Social Rights, and the Politics of Place in the United States 329
Pt. 3 Prospects for Social Europe 355
11 Assessing the Delors Era and Social Policy 357
12 From Market Making to State Building? Reflections on the Political Economy of European Social Policy 389
13 The Dynamics of Social Policy Integration 432
Index 467
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