Gendering the political economy of the European social model

Authored by: Roberta Guerrina

The Routledge Handbook of Critical European Studies

Print publication date:  December  2020
Online publication date:  December  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138589919
eBook ISBN: 9780429491306
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429491306-15

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Abstract

As a new European Commission assumes its position at the end of 2019, it is apt to assess the direction of travel of the European social model, particularly in relation to outgoing Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's ambition to renew the European social dimension and relocate social issues at the heart of the process of European integration. In his first speech to the European Parliament following his election Juncker stated:

Huge challenges await us. It is up to us to shape these challenges. If we want a role to play in the future we have to play it now. It is up to us to ensure that the handwriting of the European Social Model is clearly visible in everything we do. Because Europe is a protective shield for all of us who can call this magnificent continent their home.

(Juncker 2014)

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