Friday, October 11, 2013

New Book: "Roadmap to a Social Europe"

Roadmap to a Social Europe [pdf]

Ed. by Anne-Marie Grozelier

(Social Europe Report, October 2013)

155 pages

Social Europe Journal, together with its partners for this project - the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), the IG Metall, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the Hans Böckler Stiftung and the French Institute Lasaire - has published an eBook with 43 articles on different aspects of the European social dimension written in spring and summer 2013.

The book has three principal sections: In the first part, some of Europe’s most prestigious thinkers and analysts make the connection between the discussion about Social Europe and the wider European malaise. One cannot discuss the social dimension in isolation but has to link it to the wider debate about the future of European integration if you want to be realistic, up-to-date and relevant.

Following this, the second part brings together trade union views "from the ground" across Europe. European political discussions are often perceived as detached from the real lives of people in the member states and the discussion about Social Europe is no exception. Therefore we collected the views of European and national trade union leaders and thus added an important dimension that has often found too little appreciation. 

In the third and final part, some of the best experts in the field address a series of more specific issues related to the social dimension of the European Union and make recommendations for how to tackle them.

The essays in the first section of the book are:

Democracy, Solidarity And the European Crisis
- Jürgen Habermas

Europe Is Trapped Between Power And Politics 
- Zygmunt Bauman

Pragmatism, Idealism And European Demoicracy
- Kalypso Nicoalidïs

What Is The Social Dimension Of The EU? 
- Martin Seeleib-Kaiser

What Does A Social Europe Look Like Today? 
- Jean-Paul Fitoussi and Xavier Timbeau

Social Policy Will Be Critical To A Sustainable EMU 
- Simon Deakin

Social Europe Is The Only Solution
- Robin Wilson

Europe’s Democracy Deficit: Putting Some Meat On The Bones 
Of Habermas’ Critique
- Steven Hill

The Euro-Dividend 
- Philippe van Parijs

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