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Author Meets Critics Panel on A European Social Union after the Crisis, edited by Frank Vandenbroucke, Catherine Barnard and Geert De Baere

European Union
Governance
Social Policy
Social Welfare
Welfare State
Europeanisation through Law
Judicialisation
Eurozone
P003
Amandine Crespy
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Caroline de la Porte
Copenhagen Business School
Dagmar Schiek
Queen's University Belfast
Jonathan Zeitlin
University of Amsterdam

Building: 9RC, Room: 900

Friday 09:00 - 10:45 (15/06/2018)


Abstract

Today, many people agree that the EU lacks solidarity and needs a social dimension. This debate is not new, but until now the notion of a 'social Europe' remained vague and elusive. To make progress, we need a coherent conception of the reasons behind, and the agenda for, not a 'social Europe', but a new idea: a European Social Union. We must motivate, define, and demarcate an appropriate notion of European solidarity. We must also understand the legal and political obstacles, and how these can be tacked. In short, we need unequivocal answers to questions of why, what, and how: on that basis, we can define a clear-cut normative and institutional concept. That is the remit of this book: it provides an in-depth interdisciplinary examination of the rationale and the feasibility of a European Social Union. Outstanding scholars and top-level practitioners reflect on obstacles and solutions, from an economic, social, philosophical, legal, and political perspective. Following a presentation by two of the editors (Frank Vandenbroucke and Catherine Barnard) and one of the chapter authors (Maurizio Ferrera), three critics from different disciplines and theoretical perspectives will comment on the book, focusing on the idea of a European Social Union, followed by a discussion with the editors/author and the audience.

Title Details
The European Social Union: A Missing but Necessary Political Good View Paper Details
A European Social Union after the Crisis View Paper Details