This chapter discusses the development of the welfare state in the EU member states, and examines the effects that globalisation and changing socioeconomic patterns have produced since the 1980s. It distinguishes between the different social regimes and economic structures within the EU, and examines the contradictions that exist in the establishment of EU social policies. It is argued that although in the short term it is difficult to adopt a single model of social protection, the creation of a cohesive European Union should involve at least a minimum social safety net for all citizens of the EU.
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- Economic Integration and the Future of the Welfare State in the European Union
- Palgrave Macmillan UK
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