A European Social Union After the Crisis

A European Social Union after the Crisis, Cambridge University Press, August 2017, ISBN 978-1-108-41578-1

Posted: 10 Oct 2017

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Frank Vandenbroucke

University of Amsterdam

Catherine Barnard

University of Cambridge - Trinity College

Geert De Baere

KU Leuven

Date Written: September 2017


Many people believe that the EU lacks solidarity and needs a social dimension. This debate is not new but, until recently, the notion of a ‘social Europe’ remained vague and elusive. What is now required is a coherent conception of the reasons behind and the agenda for a European Social Union. This book offers the first in-depth examination of the rationale and feasibility of such a Social Union. It explores how we can justify, define and demarcate an appropriate notion of European solidarity and examines legal and political barriers. Rather than merely deploring the lack of a social dimension to the EU, it provides new perspectives and answers to questions of ‘why’, ‘what’, and ‘how’. A cast of outstanding scholars and practitioners reflect on the obstacles and solutions, incorporating economic, social, philosophical, legal and political perspectives, in the following chapters: - The Idea of a European Social Union: A Normative Introduction (Frank Vandenbroucke); - The European Social Union: A Missing but Necessary ‘Political Good’ (Maurizio Ferrera); - The Solidarity Argument for the European Union (Helder De Schutter); - Social Justice in an Ever More Diverse Union (Christian Joerges); - The Democratic Legitimacy of EU Institutions and Support for Social Policy in Europe (Marc Hooghe and Soetkin Verhaegen) - The impact of Eurozone Governance on Welfare State Stability (László Andor); Booms, Busts and the Governance of the Eurozone (Paul De Grauwe and Yuemei Ji); - What Follows Austerity? From Social Pillar to New Deal (Simon Deakin); - Social Dialogue: Why It Matters – European Employers’ Perspective (Philippe de Buck and Maxime Cerutti); - The European Social Dialogue: What Is the Role of Employers and What Are the Hopes for the Future? (Philippe Pochet and Christophe Degryse) - The European Semester Process: Adaptability and Latitude in Support of the European Social Model (Sonja Bekker); - Balancing Economic Objectives and Social Considerations in the new EU Investment Agreements: Commitments versus Realities (Rumiana Yotova); - How Can the Viking/Laval Conundrum Be Resolved? Balancing the Economic and the Social: One Bed for Two Dreams? (Sjoerd Feenstra); - The Basis in EU Constitutional Law for Further Social Integration (Geert De Baere and Kathleen Gutman); - EU Social Competences and Member State Constitutional Controls: A Comparative Perspective of National Approaches (Gerhard van der Schyff); - Social Rights, the Charter, and the ECHR: Caveats, Austerity, and Other Disasters (Alexander Kornezov); - The European Court of Justice as the Guardian of the Rule of EU Social Law (Koen Lenaerts and José A. Gutiérrez-Fons) - The European Social Union and EU Legislative Politics (Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen) - (B)Remains of the Day: Brexit and EU Social Policy (Catherine Barnard)

Keywords: European Union; social policy; EU Constitutional Law; European Court of Justice; EU Investment Agreements; European social dialogue; European Social Law; Brexit; distributive justice; Economic and Monetary Union; social Europe; solidarity

Suggested Citation

Vandenbroucke, Frank and Barnard, Catherine and De Baere, Geert, A European Social Union After the Crisis (September 2017). A European Social Union after the Crisis, Cambridge University Press, August 2017, ISBN 978-1-108-41578-1 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3047185

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Geert De Baere

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