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What are the Future Prospects for the European Social Model?

An Analysis of EU Equal Opportunities and Employment Policy

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The aim of our article is to examine the future prospects of the European Social Model (ESM). First, the article defines the ESM as a mixture of hard law, soft law and underlying norms and values. Second, the article analyses the ESM on a more detailed level in the case of the law of equal opportunities and employment through a historical account and the legal dynamics of integration. The results of the analysis indicate a growing integration capacity of the ESM. Yet, this runs counter to the current neoliberal preferences of the Barroso Commission which has moved from a strategy of combining economic growth and social cohesion, to one in which economic growth creates social cohesion.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Faculty of Law, University of Leiden 2: Social of Social Sciences, University of Manchester

Publication date: May 1, 2010


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