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Can this be the time to reframe the concept of a state?

By Ania Skrzypek / 21 May, 2021

It has become a well-known truth that in the time of the ultimate test – Covid – citizens turned to their governments. They have been looking for protection, for help and for reassurance, that collective effort can make the pandemic fade away. Social Democrats who were at the helm of […]

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The European Pillar of Social Rights

By Martin Höpner / 17 May, 2017

On 24 May 2016 the European Commission published its ideas on the establishment of a European pillar of social rights. These documents had a long gestation. On his entry into office in July 2014, President Juncker had already promised a strengthening of the social dimension of the EU, and he […]

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Tracing the history of the marketization of welfare

By Amandine Crespy / 2 February, 2017

Can contestation stop the marketization policies in the European Union ? This is the question addressed by my recent book Welfare Markets in Europe. The Democratic Challenge of European Integration (Palgrave, 2016). As the latest crisis of financial capitalism which broke out in 2008 in the USA put the European banking […]

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