Europe in the Global Age
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Europe in the Global Age

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Europe's social model - its system of welfare and social protection - is regarded by many as the jewel in the crown. It is what helps to give the European societies their distinctive qualities of social cohesion and care for the vulnerable. Over recent years, however, the social model has come under great strain in many states within the European Union - unemployment, for example, remains stubbornly high. The resulting tensions have fuelled dissatisfaction with the European project as a whole, culminating in the rejection of Europe's proposed new constitution. Reform of the social model is therefore a matter of urgency. It has to go hand in hand with the quest to regenerate economic growth. The weaker performers in Europe over the past few years can learn a good deal from states that have coped more effectively. But more radical changes need to be contemplated in the face of the impact of globalization, rapidly increasing cultural diversity and changing demography. The author argues that the traditional welfare state needs to be rethought. We have to bring lifestyle change into the heart of what welfare means.
Moreover, environmental issues must be directly connected to other citizenship obligations. These innovations have to be made at the same time as Europes competitive position is upgraded. This original and path-breaking book will rank alongside Beyond Left and Right, The Third Way and other works by Anthony Giddens that have helped reshape social and political thinking over recent decades.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 152 x 224 x 20mm | 399.17g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745640125
  • 9780745640129
  • 803,745

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Europes social model its system of welfare and social protection isregarded by many as the jewel in the crown. It is what helps togive the European societies their distinctive qualities of socialcohesion and care for the vulnerable. Over recent years, however, the social model has come under great strain in many states withinthe European Union unemployment, for example, remains stubbornlyhigh. The resulting tensions have fuelled dissatisfaction with theEuropean project as a whole, culminating in the rejection ofEuropes proposed new constitution.
Reform of the social model is therefore a matter of urgency. It hasto go hand in hand with the quest to regenerate economic growth.The weaker performers in Europe over the past few years can learn agood deal from states that have coped more effectively. But moreradical changes need to be contemplated in the face of the impactof globalization, rapidly increasing cultural diversity andchanging demography. The author argues that the traditional welfarestate needs to be rethought. We have to bring lifestyle change intothe heart of what welfare means. Moreover, environmental issuesmust be directly connected to other citizenship obligations. Theseinnovations have to be made at the same time as Europes competitiveposition is upgraded.
This original and path-breaking book will rank alongside BeyondLeft and Right, The Third Way and other works by Anthony Giddensthat have helped reshape social and political thinking over recentdecades.
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Table of contents

* Preface * Glossary *1. The Social Model *2. Change and Innovation in Europe *3. Social Justice in Europe *4. From Negative to Positive Welfare *5. Life-Style Change *6. At the Level of the EU *7. Eight Theses on the Future of Europe
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About Anthony Giddens

Anthony Giddens Anthony Giddens is Former Director of the London School of Economics and Fellow of King's College, Cambridge.
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