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Eu Enlargement Versus Social Europe?: The Uncertain Future of the European Social Model Daniel C. Vaughan-Whitehead

Eu Enlargement Versus Social Europe?: The Uncertain Future of the European Social Model

Daniel C. Vaughan-Whitehead

Published September 5th 2003
ISBN : 9781840646450
Hardcover
584 pages
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The decision to enlarge the European Union by ten (eventually 13) countries has surprisingly not been accompanied by much discussion of the implications for social Europe. This has led to criticisms that enlargement is a purely economic process thatMoreThe decision to enlarge the European Union by ten (eventually 13) countries has surprisingly not been accompanied by much discussion of the implications for social Europe. This has led to criticisms that enlargement is a purely economic process that will sweep aside important social considerations: will the much lower labour costs and social standards in the applicant countries - especially those from Central and Eastern Europe - lead to unfair competition or social dumping?- will this process in turn encourage current EU member-states to run-down their own social provisions in order to be able to compete with the newcomers?- do the specific features of this new accession wave - the largest enlargement so far and including markedly less-developed countries - threaten the global survival of the so-called European Social Model?- and what policies should be implemented in order to avoid a weakening of current European social standards?