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Vol 22 No 5 May/June 2017

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Arlidge, Eady & Smith on Contempt

Edited by: Patricia Londono, David Eady, A.T.H. Smith, Rt. Hon Lord Eassie
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The Sustainability of the European Social Model: EU Governance, Social Protection and Employment Policies in Europe

Edited by: J. C. Barbier, Ralf Rogowski, F. Colomb

ISBN13: 9781781951750
Published: June 2015
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £90.00

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Highly valued by its citizens, the European social model is a defining feature of Europe and the European Union yet is under threat from the effects of both globalisation and the aftermath of the financial crisis. The Sustainability of the European Social Model addresses this issue in light of the current crisis that changed the landscape. It examines how social Europe responds to uncertainties that affect its development from a range of different disciplinary perspectives.

The book begins by analysing interactions between EU law and national policies from a comparative perspective, highlighting the legal, social and institutional complexities that constrain the development of 'social Europe' It assesses the sustainablibity of EU law and policies in the areas pensions and employment policy and then focuses on two crucial areas of EU social policy: the regulations on working time and the provisions of social services of general interest. The expert contributors compare the experiences of a range of member states (and also bring in external comparison) to explore topics such as ageing, job quality, social protection and employment policies, social dialogue and the relationship between the various methods of European policy-making such as the 'community method' and the Open Method of Co-ordination. The analyses show that sustainability of the European social model will depend heavily on addressing failings in European governance. Insightful and comprehensive, this book is a detailed and timely resource for academic researchers.

Its practical, policy-oriented insights into important issues in social and employment policy, as well as into European policy-making itself, will also be of great interest to practitioners and policy-makers.

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The Sustainability of the European Social Model Jean-Claude Barbier, Ralf Rogowski and Fabrice Colomb

1. The Janus Face of EU Law - A Sociological Perspective on European Law Making and its Influence on Social Policy in the EU Jean-Claude Barbier and Fabrice Colomb
2. EU Governance of Sustainable Development: Social and Environmental Policies Iain Begg
3. European Social Dialogue as Multi-level Governance: Towards more Autonomy and New Dependencies Paul Marginson and Maarten Keune
4. EU Governance on Aging: Older, Wider and more Influential than the OMC Miriam Hartlapp
5. In Search of a European Employment Strategy: The Construction of the 'Job Quality' Agenda as an Illustrative Case Christine Erhel, Jerome Gautie and Bernard Gazier

6. Sustainability and Uncertainty in Governing European Employment Law - The Community Method as Instrument of Governance: The Case of the EU Working Time Directive Ralf Rogowski Case Studies
7. The EU Working Time Directive in the Czech Republic Tomas Sirovatka
8. The Unexpected Consequences of the Application of the EU Working Time Directive in France Fabrice Colomb
9. Governance of EU Labour Law: Implementation of the EU's Working Time Directive in the Netherlands Els Sol and Nuria Ramos
10. Implementation of the EU Working Time Directive in the United Kingdom Ralf Rogowski

11. Legal Uncertainty in Social Services: A Threat to National Social Protection Systems? Jean-Claude Barbier Case Studies
12. Services of General Interest, State Aid and Social Housing in the Netherlands Els Sol and Mara van der Vos
13. The Impact of EU Regulation on Social Services of General Interest in the United Kingdom Aristea Koukiadaki
14. Social Services of General Interest in the Czech Republic: Towards Poorly Regulated Markets Tomas Sirovatka
15. Social Services of General Interest (SSGIs) in France: The Uncertain Impact of the Increasing Reach of EU Law Jean-Claude Barbier