From Resource to Burden: Rescaling Solidarity with Strangers in the Single Market

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Suvi Sankari

University of Helsinki - Faculty of Law

Sabine Frerichs

University of Helsinki

Date Written: November 2016

Abstract

‘Organised solidarity’ of a mediated legal form constitutes the backbone of the modern welfare state built on solidarity between strangers. The interplay between the single market and the national social systems is key in defining who owes what to whom under the ‘transnationalised’ European solidarity. Free movement rights have increased the ‘entanglement’ of national social systems' revenue and expenditure sides, considered to jeopardise their steering capacity. As a corollary to free movement, transnational solidarity does not take place beyond or between national welfare states, but rather within: as solidarity with strangers. Here transnational solidarity is applied by way of a sociological framework to trace the evolutionary path of free movement of persons as it fluctuates between ‘commodification’ and ‘decommodification’. Against that backdrop, this article reviews whether a paradigm shift is currently promoted as to the question where solidarity with strangers begins and ends.

Suggested Citation

Sankari, Suvi and Frerichs, Sabine, From Resource to Burden: Rescaling Solidarity with Strangers in the Single Market (November 2016). European Law Journal, Vol. 22, Issue 6, pp. 806-821, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2975591 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/eulj.12214

Suvi Sankari (Contact Author)

University of Helsinki - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Helsinki, FIN-00014
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Sabine Frerichs

University of Helsinki ( email )

University of Helsinki
Helsinki, FIN-00014
Finland

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