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Palgrave Macmillan

The Palgrave International Handbook of Healthcare Policy and Governance

Edited by Ellen Kuhlmann, Robert H. Blank, Ivy Lynn Bourgeault and Claus Wendt

Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, 720 pages.

Healthcare policy is one of contemporary society's most dynamic policy arenas. Heightened pressures such as the global economic crisis, demographic changes, and inequity have increased interest in international, transnational, and global health policy. Yet, new concepts of healthcare may create diverse and contradictory results around the world that call for careful empirical investigation and for a systematic approach that brings the complexity of governing healthcare into perspective. This international handbook addresses key themes in the debates over changing healthcare policy. This includes health human resources planning; major concepts of management and leadership in healthcare; traditional and emergent areas of governance; and the challenges of equity and equality in the development, provision of, and access to healthcare services for diverse groups of citizens. With a focus on connections, including global and local perspectives, and macro-and micro-level policy using a multi-level governance approach, this handbook provides nuanced research that illuminates the intricate issues in global healthcare policy and governance.

 

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Bruylant

Droit européen et protection de la santé

Sous la direction de : Estelle Brosset

Bruylant, 2015, 464 pages.

L’influence du droit européen sur le secteur de la santé et les règles nationales qui s’y appliquent est souvent considérée avec une relative surprise. Et pour cause, le droit européen n’est pas traditionnellement associé à la santé, domaine régalien par excellence. Et pourtant, tant le droit du Conseil de l’Europe que le droit de l’Union européenne ont des effets incontestables – quoique très composites – sur la plupart des grands chapitres du droit de la santé : professionnels de santé, patients, produits de santé, protection de l’être humain en matière de biomédecine sans compter ceux afférents à la protection de la santé animale.

L’objectif de cet ouvrage est de faire un bilan et de dresser les principales perspectives s’agissant des relations tout à fait diverses qu’entretient le droit européen avec l’impératif de protection de la santé, en analysant les fondations de la construction d’un droit européen relatif à la protection de la santé (partie 1), en étudiant les différentes garanties qu’il offre en la matière (partie 2) et en explorant la nature et le degré de son influence à l’égard des droits nationaux ou encore du droit international (partie 3).

L’ouvrage est issu d’un colloque, organisé à la Faculté de droit et de sciences politiques d’Aix-Marseille Université, complété par d’importantes contributions nouvelles. Aux contributions universitaires s’ajoutent des témoignages (sous la forme d’interviews) de praticiens, en particulier de praticiens au sein des institutions européennes. La réalisation de l’ouvrage est l’une des activités principales de la Chaire Jean Monnet « Droit européen et santé ».

 

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Larcier

Le Luxembourg et la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme

Editors: Larcier

Editions Larcier, 2015, 408 pages.

Depuis l’entrée en vigueur du Protocole n° 11 et la mise en place, depuis le 1er novembre 1998, d’une juridiction siégeant de façon permanente, la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme a, jusqu’au 1er janvier 2015, prononcé 42 arrêts concernant le Luxembourg, tout en ayant déclaré irrecevables ou rayé du rôle, notamment par des décisions publiées, 389 requêtes. En 2015, elle a jusqu’à présent rendu notamment un arrêt de chambre et une décision d’irrecevabilité publiée.

Le but du présent ouvrage est de permettre de prendre connaissance, en quelques pages, de l’essence de cette jurisprudence, résumée de façon systématique, tout en permettant de réaliser une recherche rapide et efficace dans cette jurisprudence, quelle que soit la formation de la Cour concernée (Grande Chambre, chambres et comités).

Cet ouvrage, qui retrace l’historique des interrelations entre le système juridique luxembourgeois et le mécanisme de la Convention européenne des droits de l’homme, constitue dès lors un outil de travail indispensable pour tout praticien du droit luxembourgeois.

 

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Ashgate

The European Social Model Adrift
Europe, Social Cohesion and the Economic Crisis


Edited by Serena Romano, Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, University of London, UK and Gabriella Punziano, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy

Ashgate, 2015, 266 pages.

This volume presents a new perspective for discussing the European social contract and its main challenges, bringing together single-nation and comparative studies from across Europe. Presenting both theoretical discussions and empirical case studies, it explores various aspects of social cohesion, including social protection, the labour market, social movements, healthcare, social inequalities and poverty. With particular attention to the effects of the international economic and financial crisis on social cohesion, particularly in the light of the implementation of so-called ‘austerity measures’, authors engage with questions surrounding the possible fragmentation of the European model of social cohesion and the transformation of forms of social protection, asking whether social cohesion continues to represent - if it ever did - a common feature of European countries.

Breaking new ground in understanding the future of Social Europe and its main dynamics of change, The European Social Model Adrift will appeal to scholars of sociology, social policy and politics, with interests in social cohesion, the effects of financial crisis and the European social model.

 

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Bruylant

Vers une "dématérialisation" des droits fondamentaux ?
Convergence des droits fondamentaux dans une protection fragmentée, à la lumière du raisonnement du juge constitutionnel belge

Préface de : Jean-Claude Scholsem
Editors: Bruylant

Bruylant, 2015, 1072 pages.

Une complexité croissante caractérise la protection des droits fondamentaux, garantis par de multiples catalogues, et protégés par de multiples juges, nationaux et européens. Dans cet enchevêtrement de textes et de jurisprudences, la cohérence constitue le défi majeur des droits fondamentaux d’aujourd’hui.

Au départ du raisonnement de la Cour constitutionnelle belge, qui conçoit comme un « ensemble indissociable » les différents textes, constitutionnels et conventionnels, garantissant un droit fondamental analogue, l’ouvrage propose la notion de « dématérialisation » comme clé de lecture : et si le juge raisonnait, en réalité, non pas par rapport aux textes garantissant un droit fondamental, mais par rapport à ce droit fondamental « dématérialisé », détaché de ses divers ancrages textuels, et conçu comme une substance en soi ?

Dans la première partie, consacrée à l’articulation « procédurale » des droits fondamentaux, l’auteur examine la répartition du travail entre les différents juges, belges et européens, des droits fondamentaux : au niveau interne, au regard de l’article 26, § 4, de la loi spéciale sur la Cour constitutionnelle, puis, au niveau européen, dans la relation triangulaire entre le juge belge et les Cours européennes de Strasbourg et de Luxembourg.

La seconde partie porte sur l’articulation « substantielle » des droits fondamentaux ou la détermination du contenu des droits fondamentaux, garantis par de multiples sources, constitutionnelles et conventionnelles : analysant différentes dispositions et jurisprudences, constitutionnelles et européennes, l’ouvrage identifie une quadruple typologie de raisonnement (la coexistence harmonieuse, l’intégration, l’assimilation et la fusion).

Malgré la fragmentation de la protection, il se dégage une approche globale, holistique, des droits fondamentaux, qui participe ainsi à une convergence de leur contenu, déterminé par un juge, au rôle grandissant dans la Cité.

Publié avec l’aide financière du Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique-FNRS, l’ouvrage constitue une version remaniée de la thèse de doctorat soutenue en novembre 2014 ; cet ouvrage s’adresse aux chercheurs, étudiants et praticiens intéressés par le contentieux constitutionnel et européen des droits fondamentaux.

 

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Oxford University Press

An Ever More Powerful Court? The Political Constraints of Legal Integration in the European Union

Editors: Sindbjerg Martinsen D. (2015)

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has become famed - and often shamed - for its political power. In scholarly literature, this supranational court has been regarded as a 'master of integration' for its capacity to strengthen integration, sometimes against the will of member states. In the public debate, the CJEU has been severely criticized for extending EU competences at the expense of the member states. In An Ever More Powerful Court? The Political Constraints of Legal Integration in the European Union, Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen challenges these views with her careful examination of how judicial-legislative interactions determine the scope and limits of European integration in the daily EU decision-making process. Methodologically, the book takes a step forward in the examination of judicial influence, suggesting a 'law attainment' approach as a vel method, combined with a large set of interviews with the current decision-makers of social Europe. Through a study of social policy developments from 1957 to 2014, as well as a critical analysis of three case studies - EU regulation of working time; patients' rights in cross-border healthcare; and EU posting of worker regulations - Martinsen reveals the dynamics behind legal and political integration and the CJEU's ability to foster political change for a European Union social policy.

 

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Edward Elgar Publishing

Restructuring Welfare Governance. Marketisation, Managerialism and Welfare State Professionalism

Edited by Tanja Klenk and Emmanuele Pavolini

Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015, 288 pages.

This innovative book explores the introduction and impact of marketization and managerialism in social policy by adopting a dual perspective, considering both governance and human resources. Welfare governance (e.g. welfare mix, regulation, employment conditions, customer involvement) has changed significantly in the past decade. The editors and contributors collectively assesses these processes not only by comparing different policy fields and countries, but also by taking a close look inside organizations, examining the coping strategies of professionals, and how they adapt to new models of governing welfare organizations.

 

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Edward Elgar Publishing

The European Social Model in Crisis, Is Europe Losing Its Soul?

Edited by Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead

Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015, 640 pages.

The European Social Model has been an integral part of the construction of the European Community and has been effective in stimulating its economic growth. This social dimension represents the soul of the European Union, and has been envied and adopted by other regions and countries in the world.

Under the pressure of the 2008 financial crisis and the subsequent introduction of austerity measures across Europe, many countries have reformed basic elements of the model including social protection, pensions, public services, workers’ rights, quality of jobs, working conditions and social dialogue, often undermining social cohesion. These trends have raised questions: is Europe currently losing its legacy? If so, what are the social and economic implications, both in the short and longer term? The European Social Model in Crisis assesses social policy developments in each EU individual member state on the basis of detailed empirical evidence and concrete case studies.

The volume is a timely warning about the weakening of the European Social Model and its possibly devastating future effects. The alternative options proposed here make the book essential reading for policy-makers, while scholars and researchers of European studies and social policy will find it an invaluable reference.

 

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Edward Elgar Publishing

The Sustainability of the European Social Model: EU Governance, Social Protection and Employment Policies in Europe

Editors: Barbier Jean-Claude; Rogowski Ralf and Colomb Fabrice

Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015, 384 pages.

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 of 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 policymaking 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 policymaking itself, will also be of great interest to practitioners and policymakers.

 

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Edward Elgar

Labour Markets, Institutions and Inequality

Edited by Janine Berg

Edward Elgar, 2015, 1st edition, 432 pages.

Labour market institutions, including collective bargaining, the regulation of employment contracts and social protection policies, are instrumental for improving the well-being of workers, their families and society. In many countries, these institutions have been eroded, whilst in other countries they do not exist at all.

Labour Markets, Institutions and Inequality includes empirical case studies, from both developed and developing countries, which examine the role of institutions in ensuring equitable income distribution. The volume discusses the effect of macroeconomic, labour and social policies on inequality, highlighting how specific groups such as women, migrants and younger workers are affected by labour market institutions. Expert contributions demonstrate that in order to reduce inequality, countries must strengthen their labour market institutions through comprehensive policy formulation.

 

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McGraw Hill Education

Economic Crisis, Health Systems and Health in Europe

Authors: Sarah Thomson, Matthew Jowett, Tamás Evetovits, Philipa Mladovsky, Anna Maresso, Josep Figueras , Jonathan Cylus, Marina Karanikolos, Hans Kluge

McGraw Hill Education, July 2015, 1st edition, 216 pages.

Economic shocks threaten health and health systems' performance by increasing people's need for health care and hindering access to care: a situation compounded by cuts in public spending on health and other social services. Timely public policy action, however, can prevent these negative effects. While important public policy levers lie outside the health sector, in the hands of those responsible for fiscal policy and social protection, the health system's response is critical.

This book looks at how health systems in Europe reacted to pressure created by the financial and economic crisis that began in 2008. Drawing on the experience of over 45 countries, the authors:

analyse health systems' responses to the crisis in three policy areas: public funding for the health system, health coverage and health-service planning, purchasing and delivery;
assess the impact of these responses on health systems and population health;
identify policies most likely to sustain the performance of health systems facing financial pressure; and explore the political economy of implementing reforms in a crisis.

The book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the choices available to policy-makers – and the implications of failing to protect health and health-system performance – in the face of economic and other forms of shock.

 

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Edward Elgar Publishing

Handbook on medical tourism and patient mobility

Edited by Neil Lunt, Daniel Horsfall, Johanna Hanefeld

Edward Elgar Publishing, June 2015, 512 pages.

The growth of international travel for purposes of medical treatment has been accompanied by increased academic research and analysis. This Handbook explores the emergence of medical travel and cross-border patient mobility and the implications for patients and health systems.

Bringing together leading scholars and analysts from across the globe, this Handbook examines the regional and national experiences of medical tourism, including coverage of the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. The authors take a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach. The chapters explore topics on issues of risk, law and ethics; and include treatment-focused discussions which highlight patient decision-making, patient experience and treatment outcomes for cosmetic, transplantation, dental, fertility and bariatric treatment. The analysis is underpinned by extensive country studies. 

Policy makers, regulators, practitioners, students and researchers who want to understand, influence and shape this key dimension of the globalisation of health, international business, travel medicine and health ethics will find the subjects discussed to be of considerable interest.

 

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Ashgate

Bodies across borders. The global circulation of body parts, medical tourists and professionals

Edited by Bronwyn Parry, Beth Greenhough, Tim Brown and Isabel Dyck

Ashgate, June 2015, 248 pages.

Historically organised at a local or national scale, the fields of medicine and healthcare are being radically transformed by new communication, transport and biotechnologies creating, in the process, a genuinely globalised sphere of biomedical production and consumption. This emerging market is characterised by the circulation of bodily materials (tissues, organs and bio-information), patients and expertise across what traditionally have been relatively secure ontological and geographical borders. Crossing both disciplinary and geographical boundaries, this volume draws together a number of important contributions from acknowledged leaders in three respective fields: the trade in bodily commodities, biomedical tourism and migration of health care professionals. It explores and maps out the key characteristics of this emerging, although as yet poorly researched global trade, questioning how, where and why bodies cross borders, whether this exacerbates existing health inequalities and how these circulations impact on healthcare services. Considered together, the chapters in this volume invite comparisons of the ways in which body parts, patients and medical professionals cross national borders, elucidating common themes, concerns and issues. Contributors also pose important questions about the ethical and legal implications of the circulation of bodies across borders and evaluate current and future strategies for regulation.

 

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Harvard University Press

Inequality
What can be done ?

Author: Anthony B. Atkinson

Harvard University Press, May 2015, 400 pages.

Inequality is one of our most urgent social problems. Curbed in the decades after World War II, it has recently returned with a vengeance. We all know the scale of the problem—talk about the 99% and the 1% is entrenched in public debate—but there has been little discussion of what we can do but despair. According to the distinguished economist Anthony Atkinson, however, we can do much more than skeptics imagine.

Atkinson has long been at the forefront of research on inequality, and brings his theoretical and practical experience to bear on its diverse problems. He presents a comprehensive set of policies that could bring about a genuine shift in the distribution of income in developed countries. The problem, Atkinson shows, is not simply that the rich are getting richer. We are also failing to tackle poverty, and the economy is rapidly changing to leave the majority of people behind. To reduce inequality, we have to go beyond placing new taxes on the wealthy to fund existing programs. We need fresh ideas. Atkinson thus recommends ambitious new policies in five areas: technology, employment, social security, the sharing of capital, and taxation. He defends these against the common arguments and excuses for inaction: that intervention will shrink the economy, that globalization makes action impossible, and that new policies cannot be afforded.

More than just a program for change, Atkinson’s book is a voice of hope and informed optimism about the possibilities for political action.

 

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Palgrave Macmillan

Social Policy in the European Union

Author: Karen M. Anderson

Series: The European Union Series
Palgrave Macmillan, March 2015, 264 pages.

Social policy has become an increasingly prominent component of the European Union's policy-making responsibilities. Today, for example, a highly developed body of law regulates equal treatment in social security and co-ordinates national security schemes; national health services have opened up to patients and service providers from other states; and rules govern the translation of educational and vocational certificates across member states. This state of affairs is all the more remarkable given the relatively limited resources at the EU's disposal and the initial intentions of its founders.

During negotiations for the Treaty of Rome in the 1950s, social policy was viewed as the exclusive provenance of the member states. There were to be provisions to facilitate labour mobility within the common market, but until the 1970s social policy making at the EU-level was modest. However, plans for the internal market moved social policy on the EU's decision-making agenda. The Social Chapter was adopted in 1989, and the Single European Act expanded EU competencies in social policy. The Treaties of Maastricht, Amsterdam and Nice all expanded competencies further, so that by the time the heads of government met in Lisbon in 2007 to sign the EU's latest treaty, the extent of supranational control over important aspects of social policy making was quite impressive.

This important book provides a full account of the evolution of social policy in the EU and of its current reach. It examines the reasons for the increased role of the EU in the area, in spite of formidable obstacles, and details its effects in member states, where social provision is often the biggest item in government budgets and a crucial issue in national elections. Drawing on research done on welfare states around the world and on European integration, this book provides a distinctive and sophisticated account of social policy in Europe, showing how it must now be understood in the context of multi-level governance in which EU institutions play a pivotal role.

 

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Intersentia

Posting of Workers and Collective Labour Law: 
There and Back Again

Author: Marco Rocca

Intersentia, May 2015, 1st edition, 388 pages.

This book explores the complicated relationship between the EU legal framework for posting of workers and collective labour law. It examines this topic from the perspective of EU law and of international labour law. In doing so, it builds upon a solid interdisciplinary foundation, which looks at sociological and economic aspects of the posting phenomenon, taking also into account issues related to industrial relations. However, the immediate focus of the present book is on the creation and evolution of the said EU legal framework. Hence, it provides an in-depth analysis of the drafting process of the Posting of Workers Directive (96/71) as well as an exhaustive examination of the case law of the Court of Justice of the EU dealing with posting of workers.

This evolving legal framework is subsequently considered in its broader context. Two tensions are thus identified. On the one hand, the book investigates the growing conflict between the EU framework for posting of workers and the international protection of social rights. It argues that, as regards the relationship here at stake, the EU is presently violating the standards set by the Council of Europe and by the International Labour Organisation. On the other hand, the book critically considers the impact of the trend towards decentralisation of collective bargaining on the application of collective agreements to posted workers. In particular, it analyses the so-called “New Economic Governance” of the EU, and its role in fostering such a trend. The author outlines the far-reaching implications of the lack of coherence between the action of the EU institutions involved in the “New Economic Governance” and the case law of the Court of Justice dealing with posting of workers.

 

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Ashgate

The Politics of Transatlantic Trade Negotiations: 
TTIP in a Globalized World


Edited by Morin Jean-Frédéric, Novotná Tereza, Ponjaert Frederik and Telò Mario

Ashgate, April 2015, 256 pages.

By focusing on the wider process of negotiations, this novel volume presents the first systematic analysis of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The authors include outstanding scholars and relevant practitioners from across disciplines and various academic institutions around Europe and North America, but also from outside of the transatlantic basin. While presenting a thorough examination of the process of TTIP negotiations, the volume is divided into four parts with each part examining a broader theme and offering three or four shorter exploratory chapters that are accessible to academics, students, policy-makers and a wider audience. 

The volume explores historical and theoretical aspects of TTIP (with chapters by Gamble, Keohane and Morse, Telò), the beginnings of the TTIP talks and the role of individual actors (Mayer, Novotná, Dür and Lechner, Strange), TTIP’s possible knock-on effects and consequences for third parties (Aggarwal and Evenett, Duchesne and Ouellet, Zhang, Ponjaert) as well as impact on multilateral institutions and regimes complexes (Mavroidis, Mortensen, Meunier and Morin, Pauwelyn).

The authors highlight dynamics which underline the relationship between the United States and the European Union and argue that TTIP promises to have vast implications not just for economics but global governance and international system.

 

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Intersentia

European Social Security Law

Author: Frans J.L. Pennings

Intersentia, February 2015, 6th edition, 386 pages.

In the past decades the coordination of social security provisions of the European Union have become of vital importance. This book gives a clear overview of the main lines and main developments of this significant part of EU law.

On 1 May 2010 a new Coordination Regulation on social security for migrant workers, Regulation 883/2004, came into force. Since then there has been important case law and there have been very interesting developments, in particular in the area of posting of workers and the influence of the Treaty on the interpretation of coordination provisions. Also the development of the concept of EU citizenship has had an important impact on access to social rights. This book gives a clear overview of these developments, their effects on national case law and the differences with the old coordination Regulation.

A second main part of EU social security law is that of social policy. In this book the main developments of the equal treatment law of men and women are explained and in addition the present social policy measures and the instruments employed in this area are outlined.

This book is the sixth edition of this authoritative handbook, which is used in many courses on European social security and of which already several translations have been made in other languages.

 

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Intersentia

Access to the European Union

Author: Nicholas Moussis

Intersentia, January 2015, 21th edition

Access to the European Union not only provides a comprehensive overview of European integration but also offers a fresh insight with each revised edition. Thanks to its clear and systematic approach, this book guides the reader through the maze of European Union policies. It throws light upon the European institutions, their raison d’être, their objectives and their experience, and explains EU measures, legal provisions and economic programmes.

The book contains over 3000 references to the Official Journal of the European Communities and more than 500 bibliographic references, selected by topic so as to help the reader deepen the study of the subjects of his or her interest.

 

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Oxford University Press

European Social Models From Crisis to Crisis: 
Employment and Inequality in the Era of Monetary Integration

Edited by Jon Erik Dølvik and Andrew Martin

Oxford University Press, 18 December 2014, 464 pages.

This book analyzes the interaction of European social models - the institutions structuring labor markets' supply side - and their turbulent macroeconomic environment from the deep Europe-wide recession, ending Germany's post-unification boom, through monetary union's establishment, to the Great Recession following the recent financial crisis. The analysis reaches two conclusions challenging the dominant view that the social models caused unemployment by impairing labor markets' efficiency in the name of equity. First, the social models' employment and distributive effects are far outweighed by their macroeconomic environment, especially in the Eurozone, where its truncated structure of economic governance transformed the Great Recession into a sovereign debt crisis. Second, instead of a trade-off between efficiency and equity, the employment effects of counteracting markets' tendency to generate inequality depends on the macroeconomic conditions under which it occurs and how it is done.

 

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Ashgate

The Eurozone Crisis and the transformation of EU Governance

Edited by Maria João Rodrigues and Eleni Xiarchogiannopoulou

Ashgate, 2014, 282 pages.

The book aims to analyse the transformation of EU governance brought about by the combined effects of the recent crisis affecting the financial, social, economic and budgetary facets of the Union. Therefore, the authors apply an integrative and interdisciplinary approach in addressing the research topic by studying recent policy trends as well as theoretical and scientific discussions in a wide range of disciplines. Also, the geographical focus of the research extends its outreach from the European to the international dimension of EU governance by investigating the implications that it produces internationally as a laboratory of evolving multilevel governance.

The definite structure of the book introduces the reader to the topic by illustrating the concepts and recent trends of the European modes of governance (Part I). Consequently, it addresses the transformation of the system from the economic (Part II), social (Part III) and international (Part IV) angles of the subject matter. However, the volume expands its scope of analysis in the conclusive section, in which the author Maria João Rodrigues pinpoints the central problems of the Eurozone nowadays and defines four possible future scenarios for the evolution of the Economic Monetary Union (EMU) in financial, economic and social trends. These scenarios – ranging from the worst-case condition for the project of European Integration of a ‘European fragmentation and disintegration’ to the brighter ‘Completion scenario’ resulting from the achievement of a fiscal union in the EU – provide a useful tool for policymakers and stakeholders and a good base for discussion on the foreseeable future of the Eurozone. 

 

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Springer  

Services of General Interest Beyond the Single Market
External and International Law Dimensions

Editors: Krajewski, Markus (Ed.).

Springer, 401 p.

Services of general interest remain high on the political and legal agenda of the European Union. However, the debates about the impact of EU law on services of general interest usually focus on internal market law such as the free movement of services, competition law, state aid rules and the law of public procurement. The external and international dimensions of the European legal framework for services of general interest are often overlooked. 

This book addresses the impact of EU international trade and investment agreements on public services and the role these services play in EU external relations. It shows that the inherent tension between establishing and securing undistorted competition on markets and the logic of public services exists in international economic law in a similar way as in EU internal law. It contains cross-sectoral and sectoral studies from contributors from various European countries and North America

Given the contentiousness of international trade and investment agreements as well as the EU’s external policies, the issues discussed in this volume are timely and relevant and contribute to the ongoing debate about the future of services of general interest in the EU with fresh ideas and perspectives. In this way, it contributes to topical debates such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

 

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Oxford
University
Press  

The future of the Euro

Matthijs, M., & Blyth, M.

Oxford University Press, 2015

The book “the future of the Euro” aims first to develop a holistic understanding of what caused the euro crisis, considering political, ideational, institutional, as well as economic and financial factors; second, to determine how the design flaws in the euro can be fixed for the long term; and third, to define which potential futures lie ahead for Europe’s single currency and its users. 

The future of the euro is analysed from three different points of view: first, in relation to the politics of its dominant but reluctant leading state, Germany; second, considering the capacity of the European Union to transcend this moment of crisis given its past experience; and third, through the lens of the broader geopolitical international monetary system, asking whether the rest of the world will assist the Eurozone by continuing to accept the euro as a global reserve currency. 

The analysis, carried out by a group of world-class political economists, puts forward three interrelated arguments emphasizing the primacy of political over economic factors. 

The first part of the book explains the euro problem as the result of a series of “forgotten unions” that built deep fragilities into the currency’s overall architecture. In a historical analysis of the euro, McNamara argues that, in contrast with the other monetary unions in the past, the euro is ‘disembedded’ from political and social institutions. Jones focuses on the absence of a financial union, with a lack of institutions to manage and regulate cross-border financial flows; Jabko adds the absence of institutions of economic governance; while Schmidt analyses the lack of legitimate political support mechanisms.

In the second part, the book highlights how the euro’s four most important member states –Germany, France, Italy and Spain- each changed once they adopted the euro, why the crisis affected them so differently and how each has since struggled to live with the commitments the euro necessitates.

The third part of the book analyses the potential future of the euro. Jacoby analyses the role of Germany, as the key actor of the Eurozone, explaining how Germany is torn in a timing dilemma between, on the one hand, making sure that bailouts only happen in extremis and, on the other hand, making sure that voters are sufficiently prepared to take significant steps in the direction of further integration. Parsons and Matthijs focus on the European governance, and the myth that European integration only progresses after a crisis. They succeed in busting this myth through a detailed historical analysis. Finally, Helleiner focuses on the international monetary system, i.e. the interplay between the Chinese and US monetary powers and the key role of the euro as a game changer.

Building on Taleb’s black swan metaphor, the editors then envisage three kinds of ‘euro swans’. The white swans are those events which are predictable and expected (the “known”), for instance everyday occurrences such as an upturn in consumer confidence; the grey swans are those events which are expected, but rather unpredictable as to the extent of their outcomes (the “known unknown” or the “unknown known”), e.g. the Scottish referendum on independence from the UK; and the black swans are unpredicted and unexpected events (the “unknown unknown”), e.g. emerging from the ‘Fiscal Compact’, because its outcomes are not yet observable. In order to prepare the Eurozone to be able to respond to the black swans, the policy-makers must embed the single currency into the democratic institutions, ‘to keep its legitimacy everyday’. The editors conclude that any successful long-term solution to the euro’s predicament will need to start with the political foundations of markets.

 

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University Press  

Reconciling Work and Poverty Reduction. 
How successful are European welfare states?

 
Edited by B. Cantillon and F. Vandenbroucke

Oxford, Oxford University Press, 464 pages.

This book examines the link between poverty on the one hand and labour market participation and the distributive capacity of welfare states on the other hand. It focuses on the working-age population and the evolutions in Europe during the 'good economic years' before the financial crisis. The book provides social research in an accessible way. It introduces the reader into the various concepts of measuring poverty and exclusion and discusses data limitations.

 

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Peter Lang

L'égalité au nom du marché ? Émergence et démantèlement de la politique européenne d'égalité entre les hommes et les femmes
 
Sophie Jacquot (2014)

Peter Lang, Series: Work & Society - Volume 77, 365 p.

Basé sur une enquête de plus de dix ans, cet ouvrage présente une lecture des transformations de la politique européenne d’égalité entre les femmes et les hommes sur le long-terme, analyse les mécanismes de construction, de consolidation puis de déconstruction de l’« exceptionnalité » de l’action européenne dans ce domaine et s’interroge sur les effets de son démantèlement en cours. 

 

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Lannoo Campus 

Invisible Social Security Revisited
Essays in Honour of Jos Berghman

 
van Oorschot Wim, Peeters Hans, Boos Kees (eds) (2014)

Leuven, Lannoo Campus.

This book, Invisible Social Security Revisited, is a collection of essays published at the occasion of the retirement of Jos Berghman as Professor of Social Policy at KU Leuven - University of Leuven. Taken together, the essays provide the reader with up-to-date and innovative ideas and information on important questions regarding the social protection of citizens.

 

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Palgrave 

Assessing the Open Method of Coordination: Institutional Design and National Influence of EU Social Policy Coordination
 
Barcevicius, E., Weishaupt, T. and Zeitlin, J. (2014)
Palgrave, 296 p.

Based on the findings of a large-scale, comparative research project, this book systematically assesses the institutional design and national influence of the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) on Social Inclusion and Social Protection, at the European Union (EU) level and in ten EU Member States. Besides offering novel empirical and theoretical insights into the operation and impact of the OMC, the book presents an up-to-date perspective on the future of social policy coordination within the Europe 2020 Strategy.

 

 
   
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