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A Manifesto for Social Europe

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Abstract:

The European Union is still far from having social legitimacy. The issue is indicative of a huge uncertainty about Social Europe. What is it? What are the principles of social justice behind it? In our view, a new social constitution of the European Union is needed. Political democratisation must be accompanied by the foundation of a social Europe. We argue that were the IGC to combine the Charter of The Fundamental Social Rights of Workers with the Maastricht Protocol on Social Policy, inserting both into the TEU, it would lay the legal foundations for a dynamic European social constitution; a Social Europe dedicated to the combating of social exclusion and the maintenance of solidarity.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-0386.00026

Affiliations: 1: University of Manchester, 2: University of Cambridge, 3: University of Tampere (Finland), 4: European University Institute (Florence), 5: Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Politik, 6: University of Nantes, 7: Universityh of Bari

Publication date: June 1, 1997

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