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Manifesto social Europe

Ulrich Mückenberger

Brussels, ETUI, 2001, 394 s. ; ISBN 2-930143-82-7
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The basic idea of the Manifesto is that Europe is a concrete and ‘real’ geographical and social entity with a shared historical heritage, common if diversified roots and values, and a common political, cultural, economic, and social ‘acquis communautaire’ – not in the sense of egalitarianism, but of a shared culture of diversity.
Given these points of departure, the book focuses on three questions. The question ‘why is there a need for Social Europe?’ is answered from an economic, a legal-constitutional, an affective and a geo-political perspective. In answer to the question: ‘what does Social Europe do?’, the Manifesto book addresses four main areas where social citizenship must provide substantive guarantees: jobs, labour standards, social welfare and gender policies. As to ‘how is Social Europe to be implemented?’, the book outlines the institutional reforms necessary for the implementation of social policy and ‘social benchmarking’ as a technique for the implementation of a wide range of social policy objectives.

1. Introduction (Ulrich Mückenberger)
2. Social rights and the market (Simon Deakin)
3. Social citizenship rights in Central and Eastern Europe (Csilla Kollonay Lehoczky)
4. Affective bonds, labour law, and Social Europe (Yota Kravaritou)
5. Institutional reform and social and labour policy (Brian Bercusson)
6. Strengthening Social Europe via benchmarking (Reiner Hoffmann)
7. The future of the European Employment Strategy (Janine Goetschy)
8. The need for fundamental social rights (Bruno Veneziani)
9. Fundamental trade union rights (Brian Bercusson)
10. Gender equality and Community law (Eliane Vogel-Polsky)
11. Gender mainstreaming (Ulrich Mückenberger)
12. The process of European integration in matters of social security: principles, goals, and means (Antonio Ojeda Avilés)
13. A future European employment model? (Pertti Koistinen)
14. Conclusion: beyond Nice no social agenda without a constitution (Ulrich Mückenberger et al.)