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Promoting Solidarity in the European Union
     

Promoting Solidarity in the European Union

by Malcolm Ross, Yuri Borgmann-Prebil
 

The European Commission has claimed that 'Solidarity is part of how European society works...'. But how are we to understand solidarity, and what are its implications to Government policy? Promoting Solidarity in the European Union addresses the question of what solidarity might mean today and its relevance to the purposes of the European Union and the way it

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The European Commission has claimed that 'Solidarity is part of how European society works...'. But how are we to understand solidarity, and what are its implications to Government policy? Promoting Solidarity in the European Union addresses the question of what solidarity might mean today and its relevance to the purposes of the European Union and the way it functions. Is solidarity just a slogan or can it have meaningful legal and policy content? This book brings together contributions from leading scholars in law, politics and sociology to discuss an idea that is coming under fresh scrutiny at a time when the EU's direction following the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty is hotly debated. The authors engage with both the content and limitations of solidarity as a concept in political and legal debate, and its application to specific fields such as migration, education and pensions policies.

Promoting Solidarity in the European Union provides a thoughtful and provocative analysis of the power and potential of solidarity, applying a sceptical and rigorous assessment of the conditions necessary for it to make a difference to the European political and legal space at a time when traditional manifestations of national solidarity (e.g. in health care) are perceived to be under threat from EU market liberalization policies. A number of contributions consider whether an EU concept of solidarity is possible and how that might affect the balance between market and social priorities for the Union's future.

If the EU is to be more than just a market, promoting solidarity as a value and a principle has a key role. This rich collection of essays explores how solidarity might fulfil its status as a core value for the Union.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199583188
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
07/29/2010
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Malcolm Ross has been Professor of European Law at the University of Sussex since 2000. He has written extensively on a range of EU law topics, especially state aid, services of general economic interest and the constitutional jurisprudence of the Court of Justice. He is currently completing a monograph on Solidarity in EU Law, also to be published by OUP.

Yuri Borgmann-Prebil is currently Lecturer in Law at the University of Sussex. He holds degrees from the Universities of Cologne, East Anglia and Sussex.

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