This book explores the Europeanwelfaremodel, arguing that the rollout of European policies for welfare services has led to increased marketization. The author argues that the rise of profit-making in utilities, transport, child and health care is exacerbating rather than reducing inequalities among citizens, demonstrating how the marketization of Europeanwelfarehas taken place over successive rounds of policymaking for European integration.
These rounds have motivated national level public services reform, as well as contestation over these measures from civil society groups. The study traces the developments of policymaking at EU level since the late 1980s, offers in-depth studies of contentious debates which have sealed the fate of welfare services at the turn of the century, and offers insights on the problems involved with prolonged austerity in Europe. This book therefore shows how European integration is provoking a democratic challenge to what kind of Europe citizens want.
About the Author
Amandine Crespy is Lecturer in Political Science at the Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. Her research deals with the politicization of EU integration, especially in relation to socio-economic policies.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Welfare markets, democracy and European integration.-2. European Integration as marketization.-3. Resistance to liberalization.-4. The elusive pursuit of Social Europe.-5. The contentious global agenda for services.- 6. Welfare services in times of austerity.-7 Conclusion: The marketization and politicization of welfare services: old and new dynamics