Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology

Welfare Markets in Europe

The Democratic Challenge of European Integration

Authors: Crespy, Amandine

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This book explores the European welfare model, 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 European welfare has 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 authors

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 (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: Welfare Markets, Democracy and European Integration

    Crespy, Amandine

    Pages 1-32

  • European Integration as Marketization

    Crespy, Amandine

    Pages 33-70

  • Resistance to Liberalization

    Crespy, Amandine

    Pages 71-112

  • The Elusive Pursuit of Social Europe

    Crespy, Amandine

    Pages 113-149

  • The Contentious Global Agenda for Services

    Crespy, Amandine

    Pages 151-187

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eBook £49.99
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Hardcover £63.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Welfare Markets in Europe
Book Subtitle
The Democratic Challenge of European Integration
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-57104-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-57104-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-57103-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 263
Number of Illustrations and Tables
6 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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